Hector Lombard takes on Kendall Grove at BKFC 12. The card goes down on September 11th via the Bare Knuckle TV App. The latest BKFC card takes place at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida for what will be a reduced capacity event. Lombard is looking to build on the momentum established from his successful bare-knuckle debut at BKFC 10.
“I was out for a year and half, almost two years,” he told us recently. “So I’m excited to get back in there. I was a little bit rusty at the beginning but just made adjustments, you know?”
Lombard’s inaugural bare knuckle boxing effort imparted some lessons on the former Bellator and UFC fighter for him to utilize in his sophomore effort there. “I’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive. Bare-knuckle fights, they’re different. You’ve usually got to always be first.”
Lombard has his own brand of wrist wraps that he has patents on, something that has paid dividends for him. Not just in terms of overall monetary gain but in terms of optimally preparing Lombard for the BKFC ring. “When you wear gloves, you’re lying to yourself. You’ve got to get as close to the fight as you can.”
Navigating training for a BKFC bout can be kind of a curious thing at times, and one major facet is in the sparring aspects. A major part of camp for most combat sports but a complex thing to navigate in bare-knuckle boxing. “To prepare to spar bare-knuckle is impossible. You’re going to get cut in training. You cannot prepare bare-knuckle.”
BKFC 12, and Gym Challenges
It’s not just high-level fighters getting in work at Lombard’s gym though. A trash-talking stranger came into the gym during the summer and got worked out. “We addressed this situation right away. As I say, we’re street fighters too. We’re not going to allow any bully to try to bully us on social media. All these clowns that talk a lot of sh*t online, they’re p*ssies. We just smacked them all out and we keep moving forward.”
This co-main event features Lombard against Kendall Grove, a prizefighter with a notable name. That is the kind of matchmaking that Showeather wants to be apart of at this point in his combat career.
“I always want to fight big names. I don’t want to fight a guy who I don’t even know who the f*ck he is. So as long as he’s a big name and has been fighting around for a long time, I’m down for it. I just really hate when some stupid f*ck who has never fought anybody calls me out.”