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.”