The UFC shouldn’t rush Hector Lombard’s title shot against Anderson Silva.

A few days ago, it was announced that Lombard would fight Brian Stann at UFC on Fox 4, and that’s the best match possible for not only the UFC, but for Lombard as well.

It’s no secret that Lombard has been a wrecking machine in Bellator. Heck, it was hard to find anyone worthy of giving him a fight in the company, as he ran through the competition and went 8-0. But let’s get one thing straight—it’s a whole different story in the UFC.

The UFC features the greatest fighters on the planet, and though Lombard was barely tested in Bellator, you can expect him to be pushed to the limit in the UFC.

An immediate title shot would have served no one greatly, and that’s why the UFC made the right choice by matching him up with Stann. Before fighting the greatest MMA fighter of all time, Lombard needs to get comfortable in the Octagon.

He needs a tune-up fight if you will, and for Lombard, it’s one of the most dangerous tune-up fights you can get. Lombard is known for his striking and skills on the feet, while Stann is known for the exact same thing. Stann is a brawler, a mauler and a finisher, and he will be Lombard’s toughest fight to date.

Should Lombard win impressively, then I would argue for him to receive his title shot. After all, Silva has already beaten everybody there is to beat at middleweight, so if Lombard destroys Stann on Fox, that fight should be an easy sell all the way around.

Giving Lombard an immediate title shot would have not only been unfair to most of the fighters in the UFC, but it wouldn’t have been a smart business move because he isn’t a big name just yet. Putting him on a platform such as Fox against a guy that you know will stand and bang with him is the perfect way to introduce Lombard to UFC fans that have never seen him in action.

This is a win-win situation, because Lombard holds his destiny in his hands against one of the toughest middleweights in the world. And quite frankly, that’s the way it should be.

Photo: Hector Lombard (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

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Jake Martin

Jake attends Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., where he studies Mass Communication in print and public relations. He is also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Nicholls Worth. Jake works at the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, La. during the summer.