Bellator to decide on Lombard 'very quickly'

by Mike Whitman | source:

Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney told on Wednesday that he recently received a copy of the UFC’s proposed contract to Lombard and will soon make a determination on whether to re-sign.

“We’ve received the final proposed UFC agreement from Hector’s attorney, and right now we are in the process of reviewing it to determine whether we’re going to match the agreement,” Rebney said. “We’ve got the 60 pages of UFC contract that were forwarded to us by Hector’s counsel. We’ve been waiting on the actual contract itself to see all of the specifics and every conceivable detail and know exactly what is being offered. Now we have something really specific to look at.”

“The reality is that Hector is going to do extremely well whether he is fighting in the Octagon or the Bellator circle, and I think everybody knew that. He’s one of the best middleweights on the face of the earth. He hasn’t fought in a long time, and he had to wait through these periods contractually to get to a point where he could go out and seek an offer from a competing organization.”

“Out of respect for Hector, I think we will turn [the UFC contract] around very quickly. Obviously, we have a huge event coming up Friday [Bellator 66]. As soon as that is over, we will sit down with our partners and go through the UFC contract line-for-line and make a strategic decision whether we’re going to match it or pass. [If we pass, we will] wish him the best and let him go knock out everybody in the UFC.”

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nhbguy site profile image  

4/20/12 11:45 AM by nhbguy

So wait a minute, are you saying that the UFC actively decided not to sign guys like Eduardo Dantes, Patricio Pitbull or Michael Chandler in favor of the "best prospects" in their weight divisions like Eric Wisely, Josh Fergerson, or Daniel Stittgen? If that's true then the UFC's scouting department sucks.However, the fact of the matter is that it's not true. The truth of it is that Bellator has a very attractive system in place when it comes to signing top prospects, particularly prospects who come from poorer backgrounds. As Chris27 pointed out, they're able to dangle the prospect of winning $100,000 in 3 months, and then possibly a world title 3 or 4 months after that. So a relatively unknown prospect who's never made any money knows that in a 6 month time frame, they could make over 6 figures and grab a major title. Compare that to going to the UFC, earning 6,000 & 6,000(maybe) and fighting every 4 months. I do agree that in the long run, it would be a better idea to go to the UFC, but you can see how all that money up front could be very enticing.That's how they've lured top prospects away from the UFC. It has nothing to do with camps sending them their "B Team", or the UFC actively passing on top talent. Bellator does their homework and has really hustled to sign unknown talent that has blossomed into the world class fighters they have today.

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4/20/12 3:44 AM by leftnut

what about Hector vs Palhares. That would be brutal........

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4/19/12 1:11 PM by nhbguy

I posted something similar on another thread, but it bears repeating. Even if you suppose that Nova Uniao sent Eduardo Dantas to Bellator because he was "second string," it's pretty clear that he's not second string now. His last fight outside of Bellator occurred in 2010 when he was 21 years old. You'd be amazed how much a dedicated, talented fighter can improve from 21 to 23. Just take a look at Jon Jones. He is absolutely not a second string fighter at 23 years old, even if you suppose he was at 21. You could say the same thing about Patricio Pitbull, Michael Chandler, Pat Curran, Alexander Schlemenko, etc. None of them are "second string" now.Regardless, the idea that Ben Askren a 2x National Champion, and former Olympic wrestler was a second string prospect is laughable. Or Michael Chandler, who was an undefeated 23 year old College all american wrestler when he signed. Who was the first stringer Extreme Couture was sending to the UFC at that time instead of Chandler? It's a ridiculous claim and one that has no merit.

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4/19/12 12:48 PM by MMALOGIC

 SInce when is the bloodyelbow scouting report the litmus test for who signs the better prospects or who the best prospects are?  name one prospect that was on the scouting report that has made it into the top 5? Chris weidman is the closest and he went to the UFC because his coaches wouldnt let him go to bellator.  Coaches and managers who truly believe they have the best fighter will not allow them to sign and get stuck in bellator. Was Jon Jones on the scouting report?  where was micheal mcdonald on the report?  where was porier? etc... Bellator is forced to find talent from obscure territories and gyms because nobody sends their first string to bellator...  even their second string is first presented to the UFC and if there is no interest they get earmarked for bellator. Zuffa has a real scouting system... they dont use some kids fantasy list like bellator.  That's why Zuffa actually gets and finds the best prospects. I didnt say Bellator doesnt have "good" prospects... I said they dont get the TOP and at some point they have to start competing for the BEST prospects and also some known quantities like a dan hendo type post UFC free agent. Because the anti's are getting bigger everyday and if they dont go all in at some point their chips are just gonna get eaten up. 

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4/19/12 12:18 PM by Bloodstorm

Anderson got 1 fight before challenging the dominant champion. Let Hector do the same

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4/19/12 12:14 PM by nhbguy

Possibly, anybody who says that Bellator doesn't sign top prospects is trolling or worse. That's all they do.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

4/19/12 12:08 PM by MMALOGIC

out of 175 ranked fighters: bellator has a total of 15 ranked fighters. that's less than 10% of the world ranked mma talent. they have a total of 4 fighters out of 70 in the top 10...  that's only 5% of the world's top 10 talent.  They only have 2 fighters in the top 5 in the world rankings. what happened to the top prospects?  where are they?

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4/19/12 11:51 AM by Chris27

He comes off like that in public but behind the scenes I hear is a different story.

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4/19/12 11:48 AM by UGCTT_LnPninja

Prettty sure that Bjorn says that they did in fact have him "frozen" for a little while....but he does seem to come off as a pleasant man and truly a big fan of MMA overall.  

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4/19/12 11:47 AM by jbapk

"They havent signed any top prospects"The worst opinion ever offered on the UG?