UFC on FX 6 Headed to Australia with Middleweights Hector Lombard, Rousimar Palhares



Hector Lombard’s sophomore Octagon effort will take place in familiar territory.

The former 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 and Mike 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.

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