UFC newcomer Hector Lombard was supposed to headline UFC on Fox 4 until a separated shoulder forced Brian Stann to withdraw from the main event match-up. Needless to say, this has put Lombard's initial fight in the UFC on temporary stand-by.
Lombard may have found a perfect solution, which resulted in him taking to his Twitter account on Wednesday, challenging another middleweight title contender and former Ultimate Fighter winner, Michael "The Count" Bisping.
Lombard simply tweeted, "Bisping I'm calling you out."
This is definitely a fight that would be accepted by fans and would make the most sense in terms of relevancy to a title shot.
Since the UFC has already named Brandon Vera vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua as the new main event for the UFC on Fox 4, UFC 149 would be the more logical card to change.
Bisping's current UFC 149 opponent is Tim Boetsch, a good fighter in the UFC whom many do not see as a title contender at the moment.
Bisping has been a very reliable and solid competitor inside of the Octagon but lacks a solid top-five win. A win over Boetsch would mean little for Bisping in terms of receiving a title opportunity.
Lombard is riding a 25-consecutive unbeaten streak into the UFC and I think that would be just the recipe if Bisping wants a UFC title shot.
As for benefiting Lombard, Bisping is a top-five contender with a big name, and a win over "The Count" would immediately silence any doubters.
Bisping would be the better pure striker but Lombard brings a wide array of powerful strikes that are somewhat unpredictable.
This would serve as a very entertaining fight for fans and should easily determine who is the No. 1 contender for the middleweight championship.
Let's just see if the Dana White and the UFC takes this opportunity and makes it happen.
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