At the post-fight news conference for UFC on FX last Friday, UFC president Dana White said Hector Lombard might well be in line for a title shot if he impresses in his first UFC fight.
"When you think about it, Anderson Silva came into the UFC, nobody thought Anderson Silva was this fighting genius and could possibly be the greatest of all time," White said. "He fought Chris Leben his first fight. His second fight was for the title. He looked so impressive, and if you're that much further above your entire weight class, you'll notice when (Lombard) goes in there and fights if he looks really great. Then yeah – he'll probably get the next title shot."
Michael Bisping appeared recently on The MMA Hour, and was asked for his thoughts on the possibilty of Lombard getting a fast-tracked title shot.
"Massively, massively pissed off. Listen, I understand the UFC's decision, the reason why I haven't had a title shot is because of me, I'm a realist and I understand what's happening.
"I have been in the position to fight for the title several times and have been in number one contender match-up's several times. So I've got no one to blame but myself, I'm not blaming the UFC, I'm not angry with the UFC.
"If I had beaten Dan Henderson I would have fought for the title but I didn't , If I had beaten Chael Sonnen I'd be fighting Anderson in Brazil, but I didn't , I was robbed by the judges, it wasn't the UFC.
"So yeah, it's frustrating to see someone coming from Bellator. I will be honest, I have never seen the guy fight once because I've never seen Bellator, I don't watch it, I have no interest. By all accounts he's an aggressive fighter and he knocks people out, but I have never seen him fight. He could be the best thing since sliced bread, I don't know. But what I do know is that he has never fought in the UFC, so why the f--- is he getting a title shot?"
"Listen, it was a close fight with Chael Sonnen, but the general consensus is that I won the fight. So, if Chael beats Anderson, and that's a big if, then I would like a rematch. I would like my instant rematch with Chael. Everybody else gets their rematches. Frankie Edgar gets his, I don't know, everyone seems to get their rematch so I would like my rematch and I would like to fight Chael and for the belt.
"If Anderson wins, sure I'd take the title fight, I said IF Chael wins. Listen, Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, he is an absolute legend and it will be an honor to fight him, that's what I wanted to do my whole career."
"I think I've done enough to warrant a title shot. I've been around the sport long enough and have been consistent, I'm on a good win streak apart from a couple of bogus decisions, I haven't lost a fight since the Dan Henderson fight. That's my only loss other than a couple of judges decisions where they felt I lost the fight."
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