Last week, the UFC acquired the services of Bellator middleweight
Lombard, and the question began circulating: Who will he fight
first? Today, there is an answer.
UFC President Dana White confirmed Sunday on Twitter that
Lombard’s Octagon debut will come against popular “All-American”
White did not specify a date for the 185-pound bout, but
MMAJunkie.com reports that the matchup is being targeted for
on Fox 4, which is slated for Aug. 4 in Los Angeles. That card
will also feature a lightweight tilt between two fringe contenders
looking to rebound: Joe Lauzon and
Lombard, 34, has not lost since 2006 and currently boasts one of
the most impressive winning streaks in MMA, having won his last 20
starts. The Cuban expat racked up a perfect 8-0 record in the
Bellator cage, capturing the company’s middleweight title and
defending once against Alexander
Shlemenko. Lombard was last seen in November, when he pummeled
fellow veteran Trevor
Prangley to a second-round stoppage in a non-title bout.
A winner in four of his last five, 31-year-old Stann found himself
one victory away from a title shot before being derailed by
Sonnen last October in a second-round submission defeat. The
former U.S. Marine made a statement in his return earlier this
month, punching out Alessio
Sakara in less than two-and-a-half minutes.