Hector Lombard and Falaniko Vitale were scheduled to fight a couple years back, according to Vitale, and he got a good sense of what he'd be going up against. The Bellator middleweight champion is still a brawler and likes to put his opponents out quickly and violently. No problem, Vitale told MMAjunkie.com Radio .
"We all have holes," he said. "Hector has a few holes, and I won't tell you guys. But I don't think he's ever fought anybody like me."
"I've been sparring with a lot of boxers similar to Hector's style, My last opponent (Kala Hose) was a striker, and he was similar to Hector. He's kind of a wild brawler, and he likes to knock out guys, so those are the kind of guys I've done well with."
"I've been around this game for a long time, so I've fought a lot of tough guys, Hector's a tough guy as well. But I just don't think he's fought anybody like me." .
"When I beat him, I really want to get back in the UFC circuit, or even Bellator."
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Hector Lombard and Falaniko Vitale headline Bellator 44, which airs live on MTV2 from Caesars Atlantic City, NJ. Vitale has already reserved a spot in Bellator's next middleweight tournament.