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UFC 78: Lombard Out of Bout Against Parisyan

Mixed martial artist Hector Lombard was to make his UFC debut November 17th against Karo Parisyan but those plans are now indefinitely on hold. Lombard, a Cuban national, has been denied entry to the United States:

“I’m not going to get my visa,” said Lombard, who was set to fight welterweight Karo Parisyan . “I only have a Cuban passport, so I’ve been told it’s impossible for me to migrate.

“I went to the American embassy twice and they said no to me both times.”

[Lombard], who makes his home in Australia, is facing the same visa problems that plagued Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s former wrestling coach, Alejo Morales, also a Cuban national. Even though Morales established residency in Brazil, he was never able to travel to the U.S. with “Babalu.”

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