Lombard’s sophomore Octagon effort will take place in familiar
Bellator kingpin will lock horns with Rousimar
Palhares on Dec. 14 at a to-be-announced Australian venue,
UFC President Dana White announced Friday. No other contests
have been revealed for the event, which serves as UFC on FX 6.
A Cuban-born Australian who trains out of American Top Team in
Coconut Creek, Fla., Lombard, 34, went more than five years without
a defeat before stumbling in his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch
this past July. Prior to that UFC
149 setback, Lombard ran through Bellator’s middleweight ranks,
capturing the promotion’s 185-pound title while also winning belts
Down Under for both the Cage Fighting Championships and the
Australian Fighting Championship.
Palhares, 32, recently saw a three-fight winning streak snapped
when he was finished by Alan
Belcher at UFC on Fox
3. That May 5 defeat followed victories over David
Branch, Dan Miller
Massenzio for “Toquinho,” who has submitted 10 of his 14 career
victims in his six years as a pro. Known for his skill in applying
leg locks, Palhares owns nearly half of his victories by heel hook
and has never been submitted.