With several NFL teams embarking on a free agent spending spree, including my Miami Dolphins, it’s only fitting to wonder how many of these high-priced players will actually pan out with their new squads.
The UFC’s most recent big acquisition was former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard (pictured). Although Lombard entered the big leagues with much hoopla, he has only produced a subpar 1-2 mark inside the Octagon.
However, UFC president Dana White isn’t quite prepared to call “Lightning” a complete bust. White likened the 35-year-old to a former big fish swimming in a small pond who is now nearly drowning in the deep end.
“No, you can’t ever look at a guy as a mistake,” White said over the weekend of inking Lombard to a lucrative contract. “I mean, if a guy gets to a certain level, you bring him in.
“It’s like when people try to compare these other shows to the UFC. You might be great in all these other shows, but when you fight here, you never know how great or not great a guy is going to be.”
Lombard had rattled off 24 consecutive wins prior to signing with the UFC last April. He wasted no time in calling out middleweight king Anderson Silva, but it appears verbal warfare may be the closest Lombard ever gets to fighting the baddest 185-pounder in bare feet.
Many pundits thought Lombard and his high salary would be on the chopping block after dropping a split decision last month to Yushin Okami. It appears the former Judoka Olympian will be granted another go.