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UFC Fight Night 55 Announced, Lombard Expected To Main Event

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UFC president Dana White announced plans for the promotion to return to Australia this November, as UFC Fight Night 55 will take place November 8 from Sydney.

Hector Lombard, a former Bellator champion, is expected to serve as one-half of the main event. In fact, White let it be known that Lombard vs. Tyron Woodley was the bout being worked up.

The two are teammates under the American Top Team umbrella, but that didn’t stop Lombard from accepting the fight. It did, though, stop Woodley. White mentioned how Lombard told him he “wants to fight bad.”

“(Woodley) said (Lombard) can say whatever he wants, he’s about him and he’s always about him. This fight doesn’t work for me and my brand,'” White said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “He started telling me all these reasons why he doesn’t want this fight.

“I said, ‘Whatever kid. Do your thing.’ But he wants nothing to do with Hector.”

Lombard (34-4-1) has won three of five since joining the UFC, including two straight over Jake Shields and Nate Marquardt. Woodley (14-3) stopped Dong Hyun Kim recently, improving to 3-1 in his last four.

On Twitter, Lombard has been very vocal about wanting to face Woodley, responding to a fan that the “yes I want that fight” and posting another message in response to what Woodley had to say:

One bout that does appear set for the Australian card will feature light heavyweights Anthony Perosh and Guto Inocente. Perosh confirmed the fight on his Facebook page.

Perosh has dropped two of his last three, while Inocente lost his UFC debut after sitting on the sidelines for an extended period recovering from injuries.

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