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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Written by Matt Manzella
Matt Manzella is the founder and managing editor of CageReligion.com, as well as ProGuitarNews.com. He also serves as a professional play-by-play commentator and MMA judge in the state of Michigan.
Matt Manzella is the managing editor for CageReligion.com and host of Cage Religion Radio. Matt has been working in the television broadcasting industry for over seven years and is also a play-by-play commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
Phil Lanni is the co-host of Cage Religion Radio. Phil wrestled three years in the NCWA at Grand Valley State University -- a team that won nationals all three years. As an individual, Phil is a three-time national qualifier and was ranked seventh in the nation at 184-pounds to earn All-American status. Phil also serves as a color commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League.