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Old 10-30-2012, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bellator's Bjorn Rebney says the UFC offered Lombard 300K per fight and a 400K SB

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Bellator's Bjorn Rebney says the UFC offered Hector Lombard $300,000 per fight and a $400,000 signing bonus

Hector Lombard is the reason why you wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat. Don't worry, he's not coming for you -- in fact you don't even register on his radar. Here's my advice for you: keep it that way. There's no need to make yourself known to Hector Lombard. Enjoy your relative low profile and bask in the fact that you will never have to be in the cage or ring with this human being, ever. It's just not healthy.

The Bellator incarnation of Hector Lombard was an unstoppable Frate Trane that made our list for months on end. Now this new UFC version of Hector -- egh, not so much. In his UFC debut, Hector lost a split-decision to Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 in a somewhat lackluster fight. According to Bellator's Bjorn Rebney, it was Hector who had the last laugh -- pocketing an estimated $700,000 in his UFC debut. Check out what Rebney told MMAFighting's Mike Chiappetta in a recent interview regarding Lombard.

It's a situation that is all too familiar for Rebney, who went through it six months ago with Hector Lombard, who was at the time Bellator's reigning middleweight champion. In that instance, Lombard hit the open market, where he was immediately offered a lucrative deal with the UFC.

Rebney said that contract, which according to him paid Lombard a $400,000 signing bonus, a $300,000 starting purse per fight and pay-per-view participation points, was cost-prohibitive from Bellator's standpoint.


At least now we know why Hector Lombard wasn't that bummed after his UFC 149 appearance brought a halt to his twenty-five-fight winning streak.

Who knows if it's true. Seems too much IMO.

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quite possibly true. Hector did get 300k for his loss at UFC 149.

He was paid big bucks because it was expected he would come in and earn a very quick title shot and give Silva the fight of his life. But as some expected he failed to live up to the hype and now has an uphill battle to prove his worth and stay relevant.

If he loses his next fight he may very well be let go or forced to renegotiate.
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LOL!

Pretty much, all you can say after that God-awful performance at 149.
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he looked really slow, and got outpointed. he did say much later he was injured, ohwell sucks to be him. I hope he comes out raging in his next fight like he used to.
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Not sure what seems odd. While only top tier talent usually get business contracts, that is because any opposing bidder isn't willing to pony up UFC level cash even though people insult it. With Lombard there apparently was a legitimate threat of a competing offer, so the UFC put a really good offer on the table.
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Which MMA league is willing to pay high to steal Lombard?
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Which MMA league is willing to pay high to steal Lombard?
No one.

He is talking about Bellator wanting to keep Lombard which is why the UFC made him an offer Bellator couldn't afford to match.

Rebney is the one laughing right now though.
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He is talking about Bellator wanting to keep Lombard which is why the UFC made him an offer Bellator couldn't afford to match.
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Rebney is the one laughing right now though.
In terms of paying out cash? Yes. In terms of overall happiness I bet no. He wanted to prove he has legit talent in Bellator and their top fighter giving a performance like this really hurt them. It's like the problem the UFC had after Rampage beat Liddel in Pride.
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In terms of paying out cash? Yes. In terms of overall happiness I bet no. He wanted to prove he has legit talent in Bellator and their top fighter giving a performance like this really hurt them. It's like the problem the UFC had after Rampage beat Liddel in Pride.
Exactly what I was thinking. I doubt he's happy his top guy got beat by someone he wasn't even supposed to be in the cage with. It only hurts the organization for your top guys to get taken out by guys not under your banner.

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