Save for the No. 1 spot on this slideshow, the former Bellator middleweight champion is by far Silva’s greatest threat.
While Hector Lombard hasn’t faced off against the same elite caliber of fighters Silva has had the pleasure of throwing hands with, the Cuban-Australian has shown he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
He’s currently riding a 20-fight winning streak, and the two defeats on his résumé came by way of decision.
The 34-year-old is a fourth-Dan black-belt Judoka and also holds a black belt in BJJ. In addition, Lombard is well versed in Muay Thai, a discipline in which Silva excels.
Furthermore, Lombard has 17 KOs and seven submission victories in 31 outings.
He also holds the record for the fastest knockout in Bellator history—a five-second decimation of Jay Silva.
He’s scheduled to make his debut for the promotion when he takes on Tim Boetsch at UFC on FOX 4. How he fares in that bout will give a clearer picture as to his overall makeup.
That said, if he dispatches Boetsch in emphatic fashion, a title shot is in the offing.
Lombard has the power to take out any middleweight, so a standup war with “The Spider” will make for great viewing.
And if matters are taken to the canvas, it could be a whole new ball game.
However, whether he can dethrone Silva, we’ll just have to wait and see.