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Bellator Middleweight Champ Hector Lombard vs. Herbert “Whisper” Goodman set for Bellator 24

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 14, 2010) — Reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard will look to continue his domination of the middleweight division in a special non-title fight with former NFL standout Herbert “Whisper” Goodman as part of Bellator 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Aug. 12th.

Lombard (26-2-1) puts his 14-fight winning streak on the line against Goodman (15-8), who was a standout running back and kick returner for the Green Bay Packers in 2000 and 2001 before transitioning to MMA in late 2006.

Lombard was last in action at Bellator 18 on May 13th when he thrilled a capacity crowd at the Monroe (La.) Civic Center with a 6-second highlight-reel knockout of UFC veteran Jay Silva, snatching the Bellator record for fastest KO in the process. The dramatic win helped solidify the former Olympic judo competitor’s status as one of the top 185-pounders in the world.

Standing at just 5 feet, 9 inches tall, the chiseled Lombard has finished 16 of his 26 wins by knockout and has never been stopped in 29 career appearances. He is currently scheduled to face Bellator Season 2 Middleweight Champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (30-4) in a highly-anticipated title defense later this fall.

“Hector Lombard is at the top of his game and one of the best middleweights in the world. There are very few fighters out there who want to fight him right now,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “But Whisper Goodman is hungry for the challenge and he’s been through the battles both in the NFL and in MMA. I’m looking forward to watching how he matches up with Hector.”

Goodman, who was born and raised in South Florida, has notable pro wins over “The Ultimate Fighter 7” veteran Dante Rivera and UFC standout Jordan Radev. He has a reputation as a no-nonsense fighter, having finished 13 of his 15 victories decisively via KO or TKO.

Admittedly excited about returning to fight Lombard in front of a hometown crowd, Goodman says he isn’t intimidated by his hulking opponent.

“I know he’s tough and I know he’s the Bellator champion, but I’ll fight anyone,” Goodman said. “This is a great opportunity for me so I’m just going to apply my game plan and take what he gives me.”

Lombard, for his part, said he is looking forward to another fight in his adopted home state of Florida, where he currently trains as a member of American Top Team.

“I’m looking forward to fighting in my home town, South Florida, where all my fans can come and watch,” Lombard said. “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.”For more information, visit, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at

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  • Guthookd says:

    “He is currently scheduled to face Bellator Season 2 Middleweight Champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (30-4) in a highly-anticipated title defense later this fall.”


    Jesus. This is starting to get crazy. Another fight before Schlemenko? WTF? What if Whisper-pants KO’s Hector? Then where are we? Does Schlem fight Whisper then?

    Come on Bjorn. You have some fans now. Don’t fuck it up with Strikeforce-like decision making.

  • Guthookd says:

    Hell yeah! I got my gravatar to work, finally!!!

  • Dufresne says:

    I don’t get this match-up right now…

    If his scheduled fight with Shlemenko wasn’t until next spring, okay that makes sense. Keep him in the loop, keep the rust off, keep the fans happy and barring a major injury everything will work out.

    But just months prior to another, and in my opinion, much more significant bout? What happens if he tears a muscle or jacks up his ankle and is out for 6 months to a year?

    And what if he loses? And I don’t mean he gets caught with a shot or he does something stupid and Goodman capitalizes, I mean what if he get’s dominated? I really doubt he will, but anything is possible in MMA and that would really just make your champ look like a chump…

    I love you BFC, and for the most part I love your match-up logic, just not here.

  • Guthookd says:

    Dufresne…is that avatar you playing some insane cannibal water polo or is that white water rafting? Just curious.

  • Dufresne says:

    That’s me white water rafting on the Gauley River.

    I’m usually guiding the raft, but this was a fun run with some coworkers so I got to play up front for a bit.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Im probably going to get lots of hate but I hope Hector wins just so Storm can knock him out.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “Come on Bjorn. You have some fans now. Don’t fuck it up with Strikeforce-like decision making.”

    Thanks guthookd just glad I wasn’t the one to have to say it.

  • MCM says:

    You were gonna say it too, weren’t you Rece Rock?

    But I agree. I don’t understand this decision either unless Hector has a certain number of fights he’s obligated to perform in each year, this doesn’t make sense. Then again, maybe he just likes to fight, or likes paychecks. His last fight was all of 6 seconds, this next fight could go 10 times as long and if Lombard has his hand raised at the end it’s basically little more than a heavy sparring session and extra cash before he defends his title. What I don’t understand is why Bellator would take the risk on him losing. even if it is a small risk.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Yeah- I actually made mention of this earlier in the day on the other BFC post concerning the HW aquisition…
    I just want to see BFC do well, And a few crazy decisions can turn their business upside down.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep i agree with the lot of you. the title fights seem to have just disappeared. There is no mention of them at all any more. makes no sense

  • cutman says:

    I’m sure the decision has to do with the number of fights on his contract obligations that we don’t know about. About the title fights; Bjorn is a marketing master have you noticed he only gives out so much information so that he is the media all the time ….. Bet your bottom dollar they are going to have those title fights .

    With this seasons winners that’s seven title fights this season alone !!!!!!!


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