Hector 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
The future champion, Hector Lombard, was born on February 2, 1978 in the city of Matanzas (Cuba). His passion for judo originated in the school years, and then learning other martial arts appeared in his plans.
Since 2000, the sportsman has participated in judo fights with the Cuban team. He was one of the best fighters at the Olympic Games in Sydney. Hector is a multiple champion not only of his home country, but also a prize-winner among the world judo champions. In 2000, Lombard joined the MMA. His coach personally handed Hector the deserved black BJJ belt in the victory at CFC 12.
Hector Lombard was defeated twice: first, in 2006, in the fight with Akihiro Gono at “Pride Fighting Championship”, then in the fight with Gegard Musashi. In 2007, he immigrated to Australia and started to take an active part in Thai boxing. Hector participated in three battles, in which he won twice, having received judges’ unanimous votes. He gained the third victory with the help of a knockout.
In July 2007, the international tournament “Cage Fighting Championship” took place, at which Hector fought with Kyle Noke. That fight ended in a draw.
On November 23, 2007, Lombard won the deserved title of Champion at the Cage Fighting Championship, having won a fight with Jean-Francois. Later Lombard gained four more wins in a row for the title.
In early 2009, the fighter signed a lucrative contract with Bellator Fighting Championship. In the first battle at Bellator 3 Lombard defeated Virgil Lozano, and in subsequent battles at Bellator 9 he beat champion Damien Staley. In the final battle at Bellator 12 Hector Lombard knocked out his opponent Jared Hess. In 2010, another contest – Bellator 18 – took place, in which Lombard for just six seconds defeated Jam Silva. In the history of Bellator there had not been such a fast, almost instantaneous knockout. In August 2010, in a tournament at Bellator 24 Lombard also won the fight with Herbert Goodman having used a technical knockout in the very first round. In October, 2010, in a battle with Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko at Bellator 34, according to the unanimous decision of the judges, Hector Lombard becomes one of the first champions of Bellator to defend the world title with dignity.
Hector Lombard, Bellator ex-champion in the middleweight, began to perform in the UFC welterweight range, but after a while he decided to return to his former weight division. At the same time, he fought in the boxing ring with Michael Bisping. The sportsman won many victories. But his mind-boggling career was marred by a dope scandal.
Hector Lombard & steroids – 2015 doping scandal
In 2015, after the UFC 182 show, Hector’s doping test proved the presence of the anabolic steroid (desoxymethyltestosterone, which is sold, in particular, under brand name Phera-VOL) in his blood.
This became known from the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission Bob Bennett. The UFC 182 show was held on January 3. There Lombard won according to the referee’s (Josh Burkman’s) decision. Hector had already arranged a fight against Rory McDonald for April 25. The UFC organization reported that the Lombard fight with McDonald had been canceled. Desoxymethyltestosterone is a powerful synthetic anabolic steroid, which is used to increase muscle mass, strength and endurance.
Phera-VOL is a common anabolic steroid that has typical side effects of steroids. Initially, this anabolic was developed in order to evade doping tests, and to date, standard anti-doping tests often do not detect it. The effectiveness of this drug is comparable with Dianabol (methandrostenolone), that is, the drug has a fairly powerful anabolic effect, but it causes slight accumulation of fluid in the tissues, almost does not affect the sex drive, the rest of its side effects are also similar to those of Dianabol. Now Phera-VOL is banned, and it is impossible to legally purchase it in most countries. You might be interested in should steroids be legal.
It should be noted that 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 Nevada Athletic Commission did not disclose the results of the doping test as soon as they received it. Answering the question of the correspondent of MMAJunkie, the chairman of the Commission, Bob Bennet, stated that the media that had displayed little interest in the process and had not questioned actively the Commission about it was to blame for the prolonged concealment of the results of Lombard’s doping test.
In the end, the Commission decided to disqualify the sportsman for one year, and he also had to pay a fine of about $ 70,000. The result of the fight with Burkman was changed to “no-contest”. To obtain a license in the future, Hector would have to undertake the doping tests at his own expense. Lombard himself stated that the banned substance had been contained in the supplements, which had been handed to him by his acquaintance Julie Northrup, a Canadian weightlifter. Hector said that Northrup had taken those supplements before the Olympics, and so he had not suspected them of containing prohibited substances.
Career after doping scandal
On February 20, 2017, the former UFC welterweight champion Johnny Hendrix (and Hector Lombard) had a fight which almost completely passed at a fairly low pace. The two fighters had their own lucky moments, but Hendricks was a bit more effective. It should be noted that Lombard was warned twice for snapping the net in the first and second rounds, in addition, Hector hit Johnny below the belt in the second round. As a result, the fight lasted until the final bell, and all three judges gave awarded victory to Hendrix with the score of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28. As you can see steroids did not help Lombard.
In the spring of 2017, the media informed that Hector Lombard intended to hold a duel against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. “Vitor Belfort against Hector Lombard – let’s do it,” Lombard wrote in his tweet. It is worth noting that at that time the fighters were at the end of their career – they were 39 years old, and they both lost the last three matches. At the moment, nothing is known about this fight, it may never take place, who knows.