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Hector "Shango" Lombard: 2000 Judo Olympian now in the octagon.

Hector "Shango" Lombard (born February 2, 1978 in Cuba) is a Cuban mixed martial arts fighter. Lombard was a Judo Olympian competing at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games, and is a multiple time national champion and world finalist. After 2000, Lombard began pursuing a career in mixed martial arts. Lombard is currently the Middleweight champion of the Australian-based Cage Fighting Championship and also the current Middleweight champion for the Bellator Fighting Championships.

Hector is a 4th degree black belt in Judo and former Olympic Judo competitor, emigrated to Australia from Cuba. He now resides and fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida with American Top Team. Conan Silveira (ATT Head Coach) awarded Lombard with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu following his victory at CFC 12.

Lombard headlined the first Cage Fighting Championship show on 28 July 2007, where he fought top Australian fighter Kyle Noke. The result was a controversial draw. On 23 November 2007, Lombard defeated French Kickboxer and Actor Jean-François Lénogue to be the CFC Middleweight Champion. He has since defended his title six times. His last title defence was against Art Santore

On January 6, 2009, it was announced that Hector Lombard signed an exclusive agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships.

He fought and defeated Virgil Lozano and Damien Stelly to make it to the finals and fight for the first Bellator middleweight championship belt. Lombard defeated Jared Hess via doctor stoppage in the fourth round to win the middleweight title. Lombard will defend his belt against Alexander Shlemenko, who won the second season middleweight tournament.

Lombard has recently stated he wants to fight Dan Henderson in Strikeforce.

Lombard was scheduled to face former WEC Middleweight champion Paulo Filho in a non-title bout on May 13, 2010 at Bellator 18, but Filho pulled out of the bout on May 10 due to an alleged visa issue and was replaced by Jay Silva. Lombard scored the fastest knockout in Bellator history by recording a six second win, surpassing Eddie Sanchez and his ten second KO win over Jay White.

Lombard then faced former NFL player Herbert Goodman in a non-title fight on August 12, 2010 at Bellator 24. He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Judo Achievements

1991 College National Champion, City Isla de la Juventud - 52 kg

1993 College National Champion, City Ciudad de la Havana - 71 kg

1994 College National Champion, City Las Tunas - 71 kg

1997 Gold : Junior Cuba Nationals Championship, Ciudad Santa Clara - 73 kg

1997 Bronze : National Seniors Cuba Championship, Ciudad de la Havana - 73 kg

1998 Silver : National Seniors Cuba Championship - 73 kg

1998 Silver : Campeonato Ibero Americano - 73 kg

1999 7th Place: Paris Open - 73 kg

1999 Gold : Cuban National Championships - 73 kg

2000 Gold : Cuban National Championships, City Santa Clara - 73 kg

2000 Gold : Torneo International Jose Ramon Rodriges, City Santa Clara - 73 kg

2000 Member of the Cuban Olympic Team - 73 kg

2001 Silver : Austria Open - 73 kg

2001 Bronze : World Masters Germany - 73 kg

2001 7th Place: Hungarian Open - 73 kg

2001 Silver : Tre Torri International Open - 73 kg

2001 Gold : Cuban National Championships, City Santiago de Cuba - 73 kg

2001 Gold : Torneo International Jose Ramon Rodrigues City Santiago de Cuba - 73 kg

2002 Silver : International Open Guido Sieni Tournament, Italy - 73 kg

2002 Bronze : International Open Tre Torri, Italy - 73 kg

2002 Undefeated: World Team Championships, Suiza - 73 kg

2004 Gold : Australian Open, 81 kg and Open Weight(+100 kg)

Information from http://en.wikipedia.org

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