Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Hector Lombard was scheduled to compete for the UFC at UFC 78 back in 2007. Unfortunately, visa issues forced the Cuban to withdraw from the event. Were it not for the difficulty in acquiring his services, Dana White could have booked Leben vs Lombard years ago.
Lombard finally debuted with the organization at UFC 149 in a lackluster battle against Tim Boetsch. Unfortunately, the former Bellator champion looked slow and tentative.
It was later reported that Lombard entered the bout with a fractured sternum and torn cartilage. That would explain his lackluster performance, but it doesn't erase the loss from his record.
Should Lombard be able to best a popular veteran like Leben, he could be back in the title picture by the end of next year.