UFC: With Bellator Free Agency Looming Should Hector Lombard Sign with the UFC?

Michael Evans@@MikeEvansMMACorrespondent IIIMarch 9, 2012

Hector Lombard has been on a tear in Bellator Fighting Championships ever since he joined the organization. In the almost three years that Lombard has fought for Bellator, he has racked up a perfect 8-0 record with seven knockouts while capturing the company's middleweight world title.

In fact Lombard has not lost since November 5, 2006 at Pride Bushido 13. Since that date he has been unstoppable. Hector "Lightning" Lombard is now an incredible 24-0-1 in his last 25 fights with 15 knockouts in that span.

His naysayers will point out that he has faced lesser competition which may be true. However, what they cannot deny is his dominance and his amazing streak of 25 fights and five years unbeaten in the cage. It truly is an amazing feat.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently announced that Hector would be a free agent this spring after his contract expires. The American Top Team athlete can field offers from other companies such as the UFC. Bellator then has 30 days to match the offers with only shot to provide the middleweight champion with a contract that would keep him with BFC.

Dana White has recently said that he was approached by many people in Australia about getting Hector Lombard in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And from what was said he may be headed there sooner rather than later. White said that "if he wants to fight in the UFC, then we'll probably end up with him."

With comments like that from UFC President Dana White the future could provide Hector Lombard with more athletic challenges, more exposure and most importantly, more money is his pocket.

To me this couldn't have occurred at a better time. With Anderson Silva fighting Chael Sonnen this summer and the UFC's middleweight division starting to stack up with more and more talent, Lombard would fit in nicely.

And really there aren't a whole lot of challenges out there for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva has brushed off the idea of moving up to light heavyweight to fight Jon Jones, it appears unlikely that a superfight between he and Georges St-Pierre will ever happen and there are not a lot of challenges left for him.

If Silva defeats Chael Sonnen again in June there are really only a handful of notable challengers left including Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson (who Silva already defeated in 2008), Rousimar Palhares and possibly now Lombard. Beyond that there seems no one who could even make the Spider break a sweat.

Should Hector Lombard sign with the UFC? After winning 24 fights in a row and defeating all comers not in the Octagon, it seems a no brainer to get him into the UFC where he can be truly tested. Hopefully the UFC brass will come up with a good deal and get him in the Octagon soon.