Tonight, Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard makes his UFC debut. His 24-fight winning streak precedes him, and fans have been crossing their fingers in hopes of seeing the Cuban judo player step into the Octagon for years.
Now that he is here, we can look back on some more of the most anticipated debuts of the last five years. Which fighters were successful? Which fighters ended up being a bust?
Here is a look back on the 20 most anticipated UFC debuts of the last five years. For your entertainment, I've included analysis on why each fighter was so hotly anticipated and how their debut fight went.