Before they were fighters: Hector Lombard edition

PRO MMA ( brings you a new weekly feature. “Before they were fighters” will showcase a new MMA fighter every week before they turned to MMA. With the cross over nature of MMA this should continue to be an interesting feature.

This week we take a look at Bellator’s middleweight fighter Hector Lombard. This video is a ippon highlight from a Judo match between Lombard and France’s Daniel Fernandes in the 2002 world team championships.

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“Bellator IX” results from Monroe, Louisiana

“Bellator IX” took place Friday, May 29, 2009 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The event featured the Bellator Fighting Championships Middleweight Tournament Semi-Finals and saw Hector Lombard deliver a quick beat down to Damien Stelly for a first round TKO and Jared Hess finish off Yosmany Cabezas with a third round TKO. … Read more

Did you wonder what happened to “Bellator VIII?”

If you wondered why you have not heard anything about “Bellator VIII,” well it is because there is not an actual event named “Bellator VIII.” Instead, “Bellator VIII: The Road to the Championship” will be a television program airing on ESPN Deportes on Saturday May 23, 2009.

The show will highlight the remaining tournament fighters and their journey to the Bellator Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight world championship fights. It will set the stage for the lone remaining semi-final bouts and all three world championship matchups and will showcase the spectacular action that led to the final showdowns of Bellator’s first tournament season.

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Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz advance to finals at “Bellator VII” – full results

Kerry Vera vs.
Kerry Vera vs. Leslie Smith

Bellator Fighting Championships continued its 12 week tournament series with “Bellator VII” Friday night May 15th at Chicago’s Aragon Entertainment Center. In the welterweight tournament semi-finals Lyman Good defeated Jorge Ortiz after a doctor stoppage and although UFC veteran Dave Menne started out strong getting a take down and full mount, Omar De La Cruz was able to get back to his feet and land a significant combination before taking down Menne and finishing him off midway into round one.

Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz took home $50,000 and advance to the Bellator Welterweight World Championships where they will face one another for a cool $100,000. In her pro MMA debut, Kerry Vera, wife of UFC light heavyweight prospect Brandon Vera, defeated Leslie Smith by unanimous decision. Former UFC heavyweight Eddie Sanchez defeated Jay White by TKO improving his record to 9-3 after back-to-back losses. —- Results & Photos after the jump…

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“Bellator VII” weigh-in results

Bellator Fighting Championships continues its 12 week tournament series with its seventh event taking place tonight, Friday May 15th, at Chicago’s Aragon Entertainment Center. UFC veteran Dave Menne will take on Omar De La Cruz and Jorge Ortiz will face Lyman Good in the welterweight semi-finals. Each winner will receive $50,000 and move to the finals where they will battle it out for the $100,000 grand prize at the Bellator World Championships.

All fighters successfully made weight for “Bellator VII” except Alonzo Martinez who came in one pound over the 156 lbs. lightweight limit. PRO MMA ( has not been notified if he was penalized for the overage. The fights take place tonight starting at 8:00 PM. Stay tuned to PRO MMA ( for the results.

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Knockout of the month…uh…year: Yahir Reyes spinning backfist KOs Estevan Payan at “Bellator VI” (video)

Last week at “Bellator V” we saw the incredible inverted triangle submission from Toby Imada. This week at “Bellator VI” Yahir Reyes scores the knockout of the month (maybe KO of the year) with an incredible spinning backfist that sounds like a gun shot and puts his opponent Estevan Payan face first on the canvas … Read more

“Bellator VI” official results

Roberto Vargas attempts an armbar on Daniel Pineda

PRO MMA ( has the official results from “Bellator VI” which went down Friday night at the Central Pavilion Arena in Robstown, Texas. The Featherweight Tournament semi-finals took place tonight and Joe Soto and Yahir Reyes both walked away with a cool $50,000 and advance to the finals for a shot at $100,000.

Yahir Reyes landed a devastating spinning back-fist that knocked out his opponent Estevan Payan early in round two and Joe Soto defeated Wilson Reis round-by-round, knocking him down in the third and securing a unanimous decision victory.

“Bellator VI” will air on ESPN Deportes Saturday May 9th at 11:00 PM EST and an English version of the broadcast will be available for viewing next Wednesday May 13th on the Bellator website (

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“Bellator VI” weigh-in results

Joe Soto vs. Wilson Reis

All fighters have weighed in for “Bellator VI” which will take place in Robstown, Texas on Friday May 8th and air nationally on ESPN Deportes Saturday May 9th.

All fighters weighing in for the featherweight semi-finals made weight successfully except Estevan Payan who weighed in at two-and-a-half pounds over the 146-pound featherweight limit. In non-tournament bouts Hector Munoz weighed in at a whopping eight-and-a-half pounds over the 156-pound lightweight limit. Both Payan and Munoz were penalized for their overage.

The winners of the featherweight semi-finals will receive $50,000 and advance to the finals for a chance to win $100,000 and the Bellator Featherweight Championship. Here are the complete weigh in results:

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Submission of the month: Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal (video)

You have heard about it, now is your chance to see it. Toby Imada took on Jorge Masvidal at the “Bellator V” lightweight tournament semi-finals in Dayton, Ohio on May 1st. The ending of this fight has been talked about ever since. Enjoy. Here is the Eddie Alvarez vs. Eric Reynolds fight, which was the … Read more

“Bellator VI” lands in Texas on May 8

On Friday May 8, 2009 Bellator Fighting Championships continues its 12-week MMA tournament series with “Bellator VI” at the Central Pavilion Arena at Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas.

“Bellator VI” will feature the featherweight (145 lbs.) semi-finals with Wilson Reis (7-0) vs. Joe Soto (4-0) and Yahir Reyes (13-5) vs. Estevan Payan (7-1). The winner of each semi-final bout will receive $50,000 and move forward to face each other at the featherweight tournament finals to be held June 19th in Hollywood, Florida.

“Bellator VI” will also play host to six under card matches including a showdown between Nick Gonzalez (14-7) and Luis Palomino (9-5), who will be looking to bounce back after both fighters were eliminated from the featherweight tournament series in prior bouts.

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