Former Bellator champion Hector Lombard entered the UFC with about as much pressure to succeed as any free agent the organization brought in over the past year if not longer. Going into his debut, Lombard had emerged with his hand raised in twenty straight tilts and not tasted defeat in more than five years. However, that changed when he took on Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, losing a Split Decision.

Lombard will have a chance to redeem himself this December 14 when he faces Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FX 6. The Sydney-bound card will mark Lombard’s return to Australia after racking up a number of wins on the continent as a member of Cage Fighting Championship.

The bout has been confirmed by UFC officials.

The 31-3-1 Lombard has finished 24 of his foes including stoppages against Trevor Prangley and Brian Ebersole. Meanwhile, Palhares is one of the middleweight division’s most feared submission artists, owning an overall record of 14-4 including ten tap-outs.

The only other match-up linked to the event at this time is a meeting between TUF: Australia vs. UK coaches George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson.