Hector “Showeather” Lombard is a well-known Cuban-Australian MMA fighter. He is famous not only for his victories but also for a failed doping test in 2015 when illegal steroids were found in his body.
Biography of Hector Lombard
Hector Lombard, the future world-famous sportsman, was born in 1978 in the Cuban city of Matanzas. When he was a pupil, he showed a keen interest in judo and mastered other kinds of martial arts.
Hector’s sporting career is closely aligned with the national judo team; he has been competing with them since 2000. At the Sydney Olympics, he did his best to be recognized as one of the most effective fighters. Lombard has won numerous prizes and titles both in his motherland and abroad. They granted him an official MMA membership in 2000. At СFС 12 the fighter gained the victory and was handed the black BJJ belt he undoubtedly deserved.
Lombard has sustained defeat two times in fights with such rivals as Akihiro Gono and Gerard Mousasi. The latter, a supposed bad guy, carries a talisman — “The Dreamcatcher” — a woven trinket symbolizing the beliefs of the American indigenous population. Hippies have appropriated these and attach them to rear-view mirrors inside their cars, where you might have spotted them before.
Returning to our personage: After immigrating to Australia in 2007, he began to participate in Thai boxing events. Judges unanimously recognized Hector’s victory in two fights. The sportsman succeeded in the third battle via a skillfully performed knockout.
In the battle between Hector Lombard and Kyle Noke, conducted at the “Cage Fighting Championship” tournament in the summer of 2007, both athletes showed equal mastery.
Four months later, at the Cage Fighting Championship, having defeated Jean Francois Lombard, our hero was awarded the well-deserved Champion title. That remarkable event was followed by four successive and impressive victories.
Signing a lucrative contract with Bellator Fighting Championship in 2009 opened new horizons for the sportsman who was then in prime physical form. At Bellator 3, Lombard beat Virgil Lozano. At Bellator 9 he defeated Damien Staley. And Hector gained a fabulous victory by knocking out Jared Hess. He stunned both sports experts and fans with the instantaneous knockout he delivered at Bellator 18 in 2010 when fighting Jam Silva.
The athlete continued a series of knockout-based victories after winning a fight with Herbert Goodman at Bellator 24 in August 2010. Two months later, the referees were consentient in awarding victory to Hector who defeated Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko at Bellator 34. Thus, Hector Lombard defended the World Champion title with dignity and perseverance.
Unfortunately, the sportsman’s achievements and his meteoric rise to success have been marred by his involvement in doping scandals.
Hector Lombard & Steroids — 2015 Doping Scandal
In 2015, after the UFC 182 show, Hector’s doping test proved that an anabolic steroid (desoxymethyltestosterone (DMT), which is privately sold under brand names Phera-VOL, Madol, Pheraplex) was in his blood.
Desoxymethyltestosterone is a powerful synthetic anabolic steroid, which is used to increase muscle mass, strength, and endurance. This is a 17α-methylated derivative of dihydrotestosterone belonging to designer steroids along with Epiandrosterone, Mestanolone, and Prostanozol.
Phera-VOL is a common anabolic steroid that is associated with the typical side effects of steroids. Initially, this anabolic was developed to evade dope tests, and to date, standard anti-doping analyses rarely detect it. The effectiveness of this pharmaceutical is comparable with Dianabol (methandrostenolone), it has a fairly powerful anabolic effect but causes slight fluid accumulation in the tissues. DMT minimally affects the libido, the rest of its side effects are also similar to those of Dianabol. Phera-VOL is banned, and it is impossible to purchase it legally.
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Hector’s “juicing” became known thanks to the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett. The UFC 182 show was held on January 3rd. There, Lombard won according to the referee’s — Josh Burkman — decision. Hector had already arranged a fight against Rory McDonald for April 25. The UFC organization reported that it had canceled the Lombard fight with McDonald.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission had been hiding the results of Hector Lombard’s positive doping test for more than a month. It is still unclear why the NAC did not disclose the results of the test as soon as they received it. Answering questions delivered by an MMAJunkie correspondent, Bob Bennet, the chairman of the Commission, stated that the media that had displayed little interest in the process and had not asked the Commission about it. So, who was to blame for the prolonged concealment of the results of Lombard’s doping test? Evasive tactics indeed.
Eventually, the Commission disqualified the sportsman for one year and he had to pay a fine of about $70,000. The result of the Burkman fight was changed to “no-contest”. To obtain a license in the future, Hector would have to undertake doping tests at his own expense.
Lombard himself stated that the banned substance was contained in supplements handed to him by his acquaintance Julie Northrup, a Canadian weightlifter. Hector said that Northrup had taken those supplements before the Olympics and he had not suspected them of containing prohibited substances.
Career After the Doping Scandal
On February 20th, 2017, the former UFC welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and Hector Lombard had a fight which flowed at a fairly slow pace. The two fighters had their own lucky moments, but Hendricks was more effective overall.
Lombard was warned against snapping the net twice in both the first and second rounds, in addition, Hector hit Big Rigg below the belt in the second round. As a result, the fight lasted until the final bell and all three judges awarded victory to Hendricks with the score of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28. Anabolic steroids did not help Lombard in this instance.
In spring 2017, social media informed fans that Lombard intended to hold a duel against the former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort.
“@vitorbelfort vs @HectorLombard lets make it happen”
Lombard wrote in a tweet. At that time, the fighters were at the end of their careers, they were 39 years old and they had both lost their last three matches. The bout hasn’t yet happened.