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Signs with Bare Knuckle FC
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October 8, 2019
Lombard signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship on Tuesday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 41-year-old last fought at UFC Sao Paulo in September 2018, where he suffered a defeat via unanimous decision to Thales Leites, which was Lombard's sixth consecutive defeat. His last victory came in November 2018, but it was overturned after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
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Receives 180-day medical suspension
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September 25, 2018
Lombard was handed a 180-day medical suspension Tuesday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lombard potentially suffered an orbital bone fracture in his loss to Thales Leites last weekend, so he'll be out of commission for a while. There's a chance he could return sooner than the six-month threshold if he's cleared by doctors before then. For now, though, don't expect Lombard to return to the ring until late March at the earliest.
Suffers sixth straight loss Saturday in Sao Paulo
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September 22, 2018
Lombard lost to Thales Leites via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Fresh off his sixth straight loss, it's crazy to think that Lombard was seemingly one of the better middleweights at one time. Now without an official victory in well over four years, it's mind-numbing to think that the UFC is yet to give Lombard his walking papers. As has been an ongoing issue for Lombard throughout the course of his career, he started quickly on Saturday before fading in Rounds 2 and 3. The judge's got this right and it's back to the drawing board for the 40-year-old Cuban. Perhaps the PFL or Bellator will be interested in Lombard if the UFC decides to cut their losses.
Gets one last chance in Brazil
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July 30, 2018
Lombard will take on Thales Leites in a middleweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lombard hasn't won a fight since 2014, and is winless in his last six attempts. Many thought he would be handed his walking papers following a DQ loss to C.B. Dollaway in March, but the promotion will give the 40-year-old one final chance to prove he belongs in the world's elite MMA organization. It's almost as if the UFC wants him off the roster, as they will send Lombard to enemy territory to face a Brazilian native in Leites, who is a younger fighter with four-inch height and seven-inch reach advantages. Leites may be just 1-3 in his last four fights himself, but should enter as a betting favorite over the rapidly-declining Lombard.
Looking at release after fifth loss in a row
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March 3, 2018
Lombard lost to C.B. Dollaway via DQ (illegal punch) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC 222 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A loss is a loss and it was one that Lombard simply could not afford at this stage of his career. It took some time to get there, but referee Mark Smith made the right decision. Lombard smashed Dollaway with a left-handed hook to the face after the bell rang to end Round 1 and the stupid foul may very well end his UFC career. Lombard is now winless in his last six fights (0-5, 1NC) and his last victory came against Jake Shields at UFC 171 on March 15, 2014. The UFC's middleweight division thins out considerably after the first eight or nine names, but it's not as if Lombard is capable of beating the top guys at 185 pounds as a 40-year-old. Thus there is little reason to keep him around at this point. If Lombard isn't willing to retire, expect the UFC to release him.
Draws CB Dollaway in Las Vegas
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November 29, 2017
Lombard will take on CB Dollaway in a middleweight matchup at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Saying Lombard has hit a rough patch in his UFC career would be putting it lightly, as the 39-year-old has lost four in a row (three via KO/TKO) and hasn't been on the winning side since 2014. His sudden decline happens to coincide with the implementation of USADA testing and a late-2015 suspension for PED use. Lombard now draws a younger fighter in Dollaway that is 1-3 in his last four bouts, but if the veteran can't show signs of life in this one, he may be on his way out of the UFC.