Bellator’s Bjorn Rebney says the UFC offered Hector Lombard $300,000 per fight and a $400,000 signing bonus

Bellator's Bjorn Rebney says the UFC offered Hector Lombard $300,000 per fight and a $400,000 signing bonus

Hector Lombard is the reason why you wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat. Don’t worry, he’s not coming for you — in fact you don’t even register on his radar. Here’s my advice for you: keep it that way. There’s no need to make yourself known to Hector Lombard. Enjoy your relative low profile and bask in the fact that you will never have to be in the cage or ring with this human being, ever. It’s just not healthy.

The Bellator incarnation of Hector Lombard was an unstoppable Frate Trane that made our list for months on end. Now this new UFC version of Hector — egh, not so much. In his UFC debut, Hector lost a split-decision to Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 in a somewhat lackluster fight. According to Bellator’s Bjorn Rebney, it was Hector who had the last laugh — pocketing an estimated $700,000 in his UFC debut. Check out what Rebney told MMAFighting’s Mike Chiappetta in a recent interview regarding Lombard.

It’s a situation that is all too familiar for Rebney, who went through it six months ago with Hector Lombard, who was at the time Bellator’s reigning middleweight champion. In that instance, Lombard hit the open market, where he was immediately offered a lucrative deal with the UFC.

Rebney said that contract, which according to him paid Lombard a $400,000 signing bonus, a $300,000 starting purse per fight and pay-per-view participation points, was cost-prohibitive from Bellator’s standpoint.

At least now we know why Hector Lombard wasn’t that bummed after his UFC 149 appearance brought a halt to his twenty-five-fight winning streak.

Published on October 30, 2012 at 2:43 am
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