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Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard to Fight Herbert Goodman in Main Event
Bellator Fighting Championships will return for its third season tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, with Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard (25-2-1) facing former NFL runningback Herbert Goodman (16-8) in the main event. Bellator 24 will also feature opening round fights for both its Heavyweight and Women’s Tournaments.
“I’m looking forward to fighting in my home town, South Florida, where all my fans can come and watch,” Miami native Lombard said of the non-title bout. “I appreciate the opportunity the Seminole Tribe and Bellator have given me. Herbert Goodman is a great athlete and will be a good opponent, and it will be a great fight.”
Lombard is a black belt in Judo, and the 32-year-old of Cuban descent competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in that discipline. He began his Mixed Martial Arts career in 2004 and broke onto the MMA scene in 2006 as a competitor in PRIDE, where he suffered the only two defeats on his resume. He joined the Australia-based Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) in 2007 and won the CFC Middleweight title last August after doctors stopped a bout with Jared Hess. He has successfully defended that title three times since becoming the champion. Currently on a 14-fight winning streak, Lombard most recently blew up the headlines when he needed just six seconds to viciously knock out UFC veteran Jay Silva in a non-title fight this past May at Bellator 13.
Goodman spent two seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, and the Miami native started his professional MMA career in 2007. 14 of his 16 wins have come by knockout or submission, only needing the judges on a pair of his victories. He has also won six of his past seven fights.
“I know he’s tough, and I know he’s the Bellator champion, but I’ll fight anyone,” Goodman recently commented on Lombard. “This is a great opportunity for me, so I’m just going to apply my game plan and take what he gives me.”
Also on the main card tonight will be two opening round bouts in the Bellator Women’s Tournament, including a pairing of #1 ranked pound-for-pound MMA fighter Megumi Fujii (20-0) and veteran Angela Magana (8-4). The second is a faceoff between Lynn Alvarez (5-1) and Florida native Jessica Aguilar (8-3). In heavyweight action, 264-pound Neil Grove (8-2) will battle Eddie Sanchez (12-3), who tips the scales at 245 pounds.
The Bellator Fighting Championships were founded in 2008 and cuts its events into seasons, with each event hosting the rounds of championship knockout tournaments in separate weight divisions. Bellator saw great success in each of its first two seasons and looks to build upon that momentum when its third campaign gets underway tonight. The organization conducts its fights under the United Rules of Mixed Martial Arts and broadcasts its events on such platforms as NBC, Fox Sports Net and Telemundo.