Bellator has a similar problem with Hector Lombard. They can’t give him a good opponent because they aren’t running anymore shows until 2010. Naturally, Lombard and his camp aren’t too happy about this, but they seem to be willing to give Bellator a chance since Bellator is actively seeking out fights for its champions in the meantime. And the fight Lombard wants? A rematch with Mousasi.
Dan Lambert, manager of middleweight champion Hector Lombard, said he and his fighter were not happy with the recent development, but would give the promotion a chance.
“Hector’s asking for Strikeforce to get him in with Mousasi,” he said. “He wants (the rematch) bad. They did pay him well for his tournament win, so we want to respect them and try to do right by them, but they’ve got to do right by us too,” said Lambert. “I’m letting them see what works for them and see if it works for us, and hopefully we’ll find some common ground. If we don’t, then we’re gonna have to take it to the next level of conversation.”
Booking the rematch for an upcoming Strikeforce card isn’t a bad idea. Since dropping an unanimous decision to Mousasi at PRIDE Bushido 13 in 2006, Lombard has gone on an absolute tear recording nine (T)KO victories, two submission wins, and earning a few decisions. Their first fight wasn’t the most exciting in the world — primarily a grappling match with a few minutes of striking mixed in here and there — but Lombard fared better than most of Mousasi’s opponents have. I’m not saying Lombard necessarily deserves a rematch, and it wasn’t the kind of fight that left people clamoring for one, but it’d at least be more interesting than Mousasi fighting Bobby Southworth, Mike Whitehead or Kevin Randleman. So unless Strikeforce is lining up King Mo for Mousasi next, why not kill two birds with one stone?
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