Dana White: If Anderson Silva and Hector Lombard both win this summer, that title fight makes sensePosted on May 4, 2012, 06:02 PM by Mike Drahota
Since Hector Lombard was recently signed to the UFC, there has been no shortage of controversial news surrounding the former Bellator Middleweight champ. First, he called out current UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, then scored a bout with Brian Stann at UFC on Fox 4, and then requested a pre-fight drug test prior to the bout to prove he is clean of PEDs. It is clear he is wasting no time on making an impact on the UFC. However, no news was as relevant as the statement Dana White gave yesterday, saying:
"When you talk about cleaning out a division, there's always another guy who comes up, even for a guy like Anderson. We just brought in Lombard. (If) Lombard beats Stann ... that (title) fight makes sense." - via mmajunkie.com
Anderson Silva may indeed be running short on challengers in the Middleweight division, should he dispatch Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 this summer. While Lombard has no easy task ahead of him in Brian Stann, it appears that Dana White is planning ahead for the future and a blockbuster match between Silva and Lombard. It is potentially a big money fight, with both fighters bringing explosive striking and long winning streaks to the cage.
Is it too soon to include Lombard in the title consideration right now, before he has even set foot in the UFC Octagon? True, he has been knocking out opponents left and right, but this is outside the harsh confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both fighters will need to win against very tough opponents this summer, but if they do so, it would appear that the UFC President has a tailor-made title fight that fans of MMA will be looking forward to.