UFC Signs Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard

After weeks of speculation, Hector Lombard is officially a member of the UFC roster.

Following an initial report by MMAFighting.com on Tuesday, the fighter confirmed the news via Twitter.

"I am in the UFC. It's official," wrote Lombard.

While Lombard is technically still the reigning Bellator middleweight champion, the promotion does not include "championship clauses" in its contracts, allowing fighters who hold titles to negotiate with other organizations. Bellator officials did, however, retain the right to match any offer presented by other promotions, though could not come to terms with the middleweight slugger.

Lombard is currently riding one of MMA's longest unbeaten streaks, having gone undefeated in 25-straight fights. With an impressive 31-2-1 record, the American Top Team representative's two career losses came in 2006 under the Pride Fighting Championships banner. Since the pair of defeats, the 34-year-old went on to earn victories over the likes of James Te-Huna, Alexander Shlemenko, Falaniko Vitale and Trevor Prangley.

Lombard leaves Bellator with a perfect 8-0 record, with all of his victories coming by form of knockout.

No timetable has yet been established for Lombard's UFC debut.

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