With knockout against an elite rival, Hector Lombard aims to a world title. This is Hector Lombard everyone wanted to see. After prevailing by unanimous decision in his first performance at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, the Cuban pressed the accelerator and won a knockout win on the billboard held on Friday at Daytona Beach.
With relentless combinations, Lombard overwhelmed Kendall Grove to force the referee to stop the actions in the same starting round, after three protection counts that turned out the best of the night on this still young combat sports circuit.
“Simply, with this victory Hector broke away from the rest of the competitors”
His coach Orlando Cuéllar said. “He proved that he is a special warrior and that he is ready to fight for a world title in this bare-knuckle fighting. I say it once and I repeat, he’s like a left-handed Mike Tyson.”
At the sound of the bell, Lombard went out to see what Grove was carrying, a man who overcame him in range and stature, but seeing that his rival respected him too much and tried to escape at every moment, the thug decided to press the pressure pedal and went over him.
A first combination took Grove to the canvas and led to a protective count, but the man would no longer recover to the gale that Lombard unleashed to prevent the fight from going beyond that two-minute assault, according to BKFC rules.
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Hector Lombard before the fight
“We saw that Grove didn’t want to risk anything, and we feared the fight would drag on”, Cuéllar revealed. That’s why I told Hector not to waste time and go with everything. Grove didn’t expect the storm Hector unleashed on top of him. I’ve seen a lot of boxing in my life, but this was awesome.”
First middleweight champion in Bellator’s history, Lombard debuted through the big door at BKCF by beating David Mundell by unanimous decision, but Grove represented a superior challenge for his stays on various circuits such as the UFC, ProElite and King of the Cage.
For weeks now, Lombard – very strong despite his 42 years of age – has been preparing under Professor Orlando Cuéllar with the aim of becoming champion of this discipline that is still in its early stages of development.
Lombard is not only the first Olympian to sign with BKFC, but becomes bellator’s first champion – he won his middle title in 2009 – who joins this discipline, after finishing with an 8-0 record in that pre-UFC agency.
The killer, who participated in The Sydney 2000 Summer Event representing Cuba in judo, vacated his Bellator crown in 2012 and ascended to the UFC, where he fought 12 times and achieved notable victories over Rousimar Palhares and Nate Marquardt.