For one reason or another Bellator’s middleweight champ, Hector Lombard, has always flown under the radar, but if he has his way, that won’t be the case for long. He wants a fight with Dan Henderson in Strikeforce and he isn’t shy in letting the world know about it.
“I would sign that contract today. Dan Henderson is a great fighter and a legend in the sport, but I know I have the skills to beat him…U.S. fans have only seen a little of my abilities. Fighting and beating Dan Henderson would let me show the world what I’m capable of…I look forward to hearing something from Strikeforce. I know they want to put on a great show on such a big stage, and I promise I can give that to them…I want Dan Henderson – period.”
The good news for Lombard is Bellator has given their blessing to pursue the fight while he awaits his first title defense. The bad news is Dan Henderson already has fights with Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi and possibly even Fedor Emelianenko on the horizon. Even if those fell through, there’s plenty of other match-ups in Strikeforce for Hendo. At the moment, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Strikeforce is willing to give a relatively unknown fighter a shot at one of their marquee fighters without the ability to promote him before or after the bout.
Having said that and no offense to Bellator, but Lombard along with Eddie Alvarez really should be in the UFC or Strikeforce. They’re both explosive, a threat to anyone they face and deserve to fight on a much bigger stage in the US than they have in the past. At this point of their careers, they should be fighting the top fighters in their respective weight divisions, and thus far Bellator hasn’t proved they can provide them with that level of competition.