Gone in 70 seconds – Bellator Middleweight ignites crowd with a power knock-out in first ever U.S. fight
Former Cuban Olympic Judo Champion, Hector “Shango” Lombard brought the
crowd to their feet following a one punch knockout (KO) that left his
opponent unconscious at Bellator III in Norman, OK, which aired on ESPN
Deportes. Lombard is regarded by fans and followers to be one the most
powerful strikers currently fighting in the middleweight class today. A
singular uppercut by the former Olympian left his opponent, Virgil “the
Mexican Machine” Lozano limp on the mat after just 1 minute and 10 seconds
into the first round of his American debut. Lombard will now advance to the
semi-final round of Bellator Fighting Championships’ 12 week
tournament-style competition where he will compete for $50,000 and chance to
fight for a world championship title.
This match-up took place on Friday night at Bellator III, at the Lloyd Noble
Arena on the University of Oklahoma campus. The bout not only marked
Lombard’s 18th win out of his 20 fight career, but also was his debut fight
on U.S. soil. The first round knockout is not a new trick for the powerful
185 lb. fighter from Cuba, he has twice before defeated his opponent in
under a minute, most notably the 22-second technical knockout (TKO) of Ron
Verdadero that came just two months prior this his latest win.
Would you be talking with Hector Lombard or receiving more information about
his thrilling knockout victory during Bellator III?
Bellator Fighting Championships, airing nationally on ESPN Deportes,
consists of 12 unique tournament-style events, featuring fighters from all
over the world that compete in single-elimination match-ups in the
Featherweight (145lb.), Lightweight (155lb.), Welterweight (170lb.) and
Middleweight (185lbs.) divisions.