Hector Lombard Challenges Michael Bisping

Former Bellator middleweight fighter Hector Lombard is challenging Michael Bisping. Lombard was interviewed by Fox Sports after he was able to submit Rouismar Palhares on the first round of their match at UFC on FX 6 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Lombard was heard saying: “Bisping, please. I want a piece of him. I don’t want to talk. Let’s talk in the cage. He bothers me.” Lombard added: “If I can’t fight Bisping, Mark Munoz, you’re next in line. I hope the UFC gives me the opportunity. I want to fight in the next couple of months, right away. I’m healthy, I don’t have any injuries and I’m ready.”

You may think that Lombard look so proud; this is because of his impressive fight stats in his professional career in MMA. “Lightning” is a middleweight fighter from Matanzas, Cuba. He has a superb 32 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest fights in his record. But before his impressive win over Palhares in Gold Coast, he suffered a loss against Tim Boetsch in UFC 149 Faber versus Barao in July 2012 via split decision. Before this loss was a string of 20 consecutive wins since he 2007 when he was still in Cage and Bellator. He had several headline fights through the years against fighters like Jesse Taylor, Art Santore and so many more great fighters but each time Lombard emerge victorious. Lombard further added in his interview: “Every single time I fight in Australia, I please the crowd, so I’m pleased. I started my fighting career here and my first fight was actually on the Gold Coast. You could tell how happy I was before the fight and after this win. Everything went perfect this time.”

Lombard’s Christmas wish challenger is Michael “The Count” Bisping who is a 33 year old middleweight from Manchester, England. He holds 23 wins and only 4 losses in his MMA career. His last fight was a win against Brian Stann at UFC 152 in September 2012 via unanimous decision. Before this fight, he lost to Chael Sonnen in UFC on Fox 2 in January 2012 in a unanimous decision. He is scheduled to meet Vitor Belfort on UFC on FX 7 in January 19, 2013 in Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Definitely with this kind of stats, Bisping is a worthy opponent for Lighting as fans wait for official UFC confirmation.

 

It’s MacDonald- Condit Rematch at UFC 158

This is the best news for fans who have been requesting a rematch between Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit; the two are at it again and this time it’s in Montreal at UFC 158. MacDonald announced on Wednesday as he appeared on MMAJunkie Radio that although UFC has not officially announced the pairing it was definitely a possible plan that will surely take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on March 16, 2013.

MacDonald was fresh from his unanimous decision victory over B.J. Penn last Saturday on UFC on Fox 5 when he requested a rematch between him and Condit. He made it clear that this was a fight that he was looking forward to as he was interviewed after the fight. And it was not a long wait to get results from the other camp. Fuel TV’s “UFC Tonight” has reported that Condit had accepted MacDonald’s challenge. The specifics of the fight are yet to be revealed considering that UFC 159 is still several months away.

And why do you think Rory “Ares” MacDonald is inching to get it on with Condit? “The Natural Born Killer” is the only loss that MacDonald has ever suffered in his professional career. The welterweight from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, has 14 wins and only one loss which happened in UFC 115 in June 2010 when Condit defeated him via TKO. Ares has fought and defeated so many terrible and superb fighters of all time like Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle and Che Mills at UFC. MacDonald was an unbeatable fighting machine when he was in KOTC, Rumble in the Cage and when he was also in Extreme Fighting Challenge.

Carlos Condit on the other hand is a welterweight from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States and he has 28 wins and only 6 losses in his career. His last fight was a memorable headliner against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154 when he loss via unanimous decision in November 2012. Before this loss, he had 5 straight wins since 2009 defeating fighters like Nick Diaz, Dong Hyun Kim, Dan Hardy, Jake Ellenberger and of course Rory MacDonald in 2010.

The details of the fight will soon be announced but its official. It is Carlos Condit versus Rory MacDonald in a rematch at UFC 158 in March 16 at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada with a headliner welterweight fight between Georges St. Pierre versus Nick Diaz.

Hacran Dias Out, It’s Chad Mendes versus Yaotzin Meza

Hacran Dias will not be facing Chad Mendes at UFC on FX 6 which will take place this Friday, December 14, 2012 due to an undisclosed injury. He will be replaced by new UFC fighter Yaotzin Meza.

It was Meza’s management who confirmed that Dias will not be fighting at the next UFC bout and instead Mendes will be welcoming Meza at the Octagon at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Gold Coast, Australia.

Meza was interviewed regarding this fight and he said: “This is a huge opportunity for me. I am thankful that the UFC is opening this door. I can’t wait to get to Australia, step into the Octagon and show that I belong in this organization” Meza added: “I’ve been training hard already, helping Benson to prepare for his fight with Diaz, so there won’t be a huge adjustment for me to get ready for this fight.”

Yaotzin Meza is a featherweight from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He currently holds 18 wins and 7 losses. Although his recent fight was a defeat against Andres Quintana in WMM – Region 4 –Round 1 in April 2012 he had 6 consecutive wins since 2010. He was an impressive fighter in Rage in the Cage and in Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting where he was able to submit fighters like Eric Regan and Brandon Shelton. This may be his first UFC exposure but Meza hopes he could make a grand entrance by beating Chad Mendes.

Chad “Money” Mendes on the other hand is a 27 year old featherweight from Hanford, California, United States and he currently has 12 wins and only 1 loss in his professional MMA career. He was in terrific form when he defeated Cody McKenzie in UFC 148 – Silva versus Sonnen 2 in July 2012 when he managed to KO McKenzie in just 31 seconds of round 1. Before this impressive fight, he suffered his only defeat in the hands of Jose Aldo in UFC 142 in a headline fight in January 2012. Since he began his pro career in MMA in 2008 he has managed to take down and defeat superb fighters like Cub Swanson, Anthony Morrison, Erik Koch, Mike Joy, Rani Yahya, Michihiro Omigawa and Javier Vazquez to name a few. Mendes is hoping to do his best despite the fight’s short notice. News regarding Dias’ injury remains to be revealed.