Six Highest Paid UFC Debutants

UFC 171: Hector Lombard beats Jake Shields by Unanimous Decision ...

Hector Lombard ($300000)

Widely viewed as one of the world’s top middleweight fighters before his UFC signing, Lombard was in for a major payday after the UFC showed interest. The Cuban began his MMA career in his adopted country of Australia before he became a mainstay for Bellator. He eventually became that organisation’s Middleweight champion and acquired a stellar 31-2-1 record before the UFC came knocking on his door. He just came up short in his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, which he lost by split decision. While it may not have been the UFC debut Lombard had been hoping for, the $300,000 he earned for the fight would likely have eased the pain of a rare loss.

From Perth, Australia, Bruno has been an MMA fan on and off (mostly on) for 10 years. He did Taekwondo for a few years as a kid and dabbled in BJJ and Muay Thai as an adult, but is more an MMA fan than anything else. He is also an experienced journalist and writer, having written a number of articles on an array of topics.