White has no regrets for signing Lombard, but he's out 4-6 weeks


Hector Lombard had one of the great runs in MMA history, going 28 fights without a loss. However, when he was signed by the UFC for more money that Bellator was willing to match, he won one of the next three, most recently a loss to Yushin Okami at the recent UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 3 in Japan.

Lombard suffered an injury in the loss, and is reportedly out for four to six weeks.

MMA fans can unfortunately be as fickle as a butterfly, and many felt that signing Lombard was a mistake. However, UFC president Dana White has no regrets.

"No, you can't ever look at a guy as a mistake," said White at the 158 post-fight press conference. "If a guy gets to a certain level, you bring him in.

"It's like when people try to compare these other shows to the UFC. You might be great in all these other shows, but when you fight here, you never know how great or not great a guy is going to be."

So what do you think UG? Was Hector Lombard's signing a mistake? Or was it something the world's dominant MMA league had to do?


tags: UFC   Hector Lombard (detail)  Dana White   


Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

sevr1 site profile image  

3/21/13 6:07 PM by sevr1

Does he regret paying him that much? Probably.Does he regret that Hector sucking in the UFC makes Bellator look that much more like a bush league? Absolutely not.

dahosse site profile image  

3/20/13 11:35 PM by dahosse

Boetsch is a bitch? What does that make Lombard? For that matter, what does it make you? If you're stoked on a UFC loser with a six-pack, but down on a UFC winner who's a soft-body?

GSP24 site profile image  

3/20/13 11:35 PM by GSP24

UFC caliber fighters are no joke.

Tharian site profile image  

3/20/13 11:34 PM by Tharian

He should regret... Besides being overpaid he has a unbearable douchy persona

crwhitlock site profile image  

3/20/13 11:23 PM by crwhitlock

Hector needs to readjust his goals. Is it to look like Mr. Olympia and get a few first round knockouts or is it to try and be a UFC champion. There is a reason we don't see other elite fighters carrying that kind of muscle around, and it's because it just doesn't work in MMA. Top level grinders will always have a great shot at beating Hector because that muscle can't withstand grinding for more than a few minutes without totally filling up with blood and lactic acid. Should Hector drop the hulk and fight at 170, I think you'd have a fighter who was worth the money and capable of challenging for the belt.

used2wrestle site profile image  

3/20/13 10:12 PM by used2wrestle

Sorry but that's not how things work. It's actually the opposite. The UFC isn't an NHL team with a salary cap they're struggling to undercut. They're cutting all these fighters because they don't have enough fights for so many fighters. You realize the fighter salaries typically don't match the gate revenue and the PPV revenue is multiple times the gate revenue?What actually happens is the opposite of what you're saying. Look what happened when Bendo heard about Alvarez's contract, he expressed displeasure and came back a few days later totally content.

used2wrestle site profile image  

3/20/13 10:08 PM by used2wrestle

What you said doesn't address what I said at all...To reiterate, I said that if he flops they still win because it shows that Bellator is no good so they get value in him flopping. If they sign Barnett to a whack of money and he flops, that show Strikeforce was no good, but who cares because it doesn't exist anymore.My argument is totally unrelated to the Fitch ordeal.

Carl Sonnen site profile image  

3/20/13 9:37 PM by Carl Sonnen

Look, let's face facts - Dana overpaid for Lombard and it WAS a mistake. But, its not like Uncle Fester is actually gonna admit he was wrong, so....

fightharder site profile image  

3/20/13 9:01 PM by fightharder

I guess....but they could have done that for less money.   For me as a fan signing Lombard to such a big contract means that other,more deserving fighters in my eyes,are going to suffer for it. His presence on the balance sheet is comparable to a giant stone that is bringing the whole boat a little close to treading water.   Keep him around by all means but renegotiate his deal and give the spared out cash to fighters who really deserve it like Mark Hunt.

YOURDADDYDEVILANDLORD site profile image  


They paid for the negative advertising on Bellator. They would be happy regardless if he wins alot or totally flops, the UFC looks good either way. If he wins, they still look like the major leagues that Lombard moved up to.