Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard is a beast, there’s no getting around that. The Cuban-born powerhouse sports a record of 30-2-1 (1), has demonstrated time and again his absolute ferocity inside the cage and stories of his fearsomeness in the gym abound.
Currently on a nineteen-fight winning streak, the fiery 33-year-old has been so impressive as of late that even Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney isn’t sure that there is any legitimate test awaiting him within his promotion. In a recent conversation with Sherdog.com, Rebney asserted that UFC middleweight champion and consensus top pound-for-pound fighter Anderson “The Spider” Silva is likely the only man capable of taking out Shango.
“We have an incredibly dominant champion. It’s not easy,” Rebney said of Lombard. “I think, right now, when you look at Vitor Vianna and Alexander Shlemenko, we could provide a good test for Hector Lombard. I think he’s one of the best two middleweights on earth. I think Hector is an absolute monster. I think there’s one guy on earth right now that I would look at and say to myself, ‘He could beat Hector.’ His name is Anderson Silva. I don’t know that I would pick Anderson to beat Hector, but it would be one heck of a fight. We’ll see what happens with Alexander and Vitor, and one of those guys is going to come out with a big win.”
As Rebney stated, Lombard’s next challenger will be the victor of the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight tournament, which will be either Shlemenko or Vianna at this point.