As expected, Hector Lombard will be joining the UFC’s middleweight ranks.
The former Bellator middleweight champion reached the end of his contract with the promotion following his November TKO of Trevor Prangley and entered a period of free agency. During this period, Bellator had the option of matching any offers made to the Cuban expatriate. With the UFC offering a cut of pay-per-view profits, Bellator had little other choice than to let their champion move on to bigger things.
MMAFighting first reported the news and Lombard confirmed it later on Twitter.
“I am in the UFC it is official :),” wrote Lombard.
The 34-year-old fighter sports a professional record of 32-2-1, with one no contest. He is currently riding a twenty-fight winning streak.