- by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
Bellator FC middleweight champ Hector Lombard will return to action Nov. 20 to defend his Cage Fighting Championships title in Sydney, Australia. UFC veteran Kalib Starnes will challenge.
Lombard, 31, was set to defend his CFC title for the fifth time, against Starnes on Oct. 9 in Queensland, but in September suffered a cut and concussion in training which forced promoter Luke Pezutti to postpone the event to November.
The American Top Team fighter has since recovered and is training for the bout.
Starnes, 34, returned to action last November with a win over Chris Cisneros at Destiny MMA in Hawaii. It was “The Ultimate Fighter” alum’s first bout since a highly controversial performance against Nate Quarry. Starnes broke his foot in the early part of the UFC 83 fight and spent much of it backpedaling from the advancing Quarry, a course that drew frenzied boos from the crowd. He was released from his UFC contract shortly thereafter.