Hector Lombard has won 20 in a row, and has gone 24-0-1 in his last 25 bouts.
He enters the UFC with the hope that he might be the guy to knock Silva off his perch.
He'll face Tim Boetsch Saturday at UFC 149. It's obvious that Lombard will be on the fast track to a title shot if he gets past Boetsch.
The UFC is the place to be for ambitious fighters who dream of world-wide recognition as the best. Lombard's long streak is impressive, but it doesn't include anyone in the Top 10.
"This is a different pond, with much bigger fish," Boetsch said. " … There's a much deeper talent pool. The talent level is higher across the board. You don't get easy fights in the UFC."
The 20 wins in a row and the 31 wins in 34 fights won't mean a thing if Lombard doesn't beat Boetsch.
Lombard will get his chance on Saturday, but it might be wise to wait to see how he does before anointing him the next big thing.
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