Hector Lombard Dropping to UFC Welterweight Division, Wants to Fight Nate Marquardt

June 19, 2013
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Hector Lombard thumbUFC fighter Hector Lombard is making the move to welterweight.

Lombard told UFC Tonight he has decided to the make the drop from middleweight down to the 170-pound weight class. He also has his eyes on a potential opponent, Nate Marquardt.

To say that Lombard’s UFC tenure thus far hasn’t gone as planned would be an understatement. The former Bellator middleweight champion was one of the most high profile 185-pound UFC signings in recent memory, entering the Octagon without a loss in his preceding 25 fights.

Lombard lost to Tim Boetsch in his promotional debut. He made an impressive rebound by knocking out submission ace Rousimar Palhares, but then stumbled again, losing to Yushin Okami.

Having been a champion at both light heavyweight and middleweight outside of the UFC, Lombard will now try to kick-start his career in the Octagon by making to move to welterweight.

There has been no word yet when Lombard will make his UFC welterweight debut or if he will be granted his wish of facing former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

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  • George Sperry

    I didn’t see an ounce of fat on the guy. They may have to slice off 15 pounds of muscle to get him down to 170.

  • Cereal Killer

    Oh, Bellator can crushing having trouble with real talent in the UFC?

  • Shawn

    This is the best move for Lombard @ 5’9 he is relatively short for even Welterweight. As well all that muscle can prove to be a hindrance for many fighters and had proven to be in the past as muscle robs the body of oxygen, so heavily muscled fighters tend to lose oxygen faster. Therefore, for Lombard @ 5’9 and weighing 185 @ weigh in this is one fighters that could easily weigh 170 and come close to a muscled, but more natural body weight.

    • Lucas Freire

      I think his body is just naturally built that way. He won’t become any more leaner by losing muscle, he’ll only become smaller.

  • Joey

    He better be reaching out to Mr. Dolce for this. He is like a damn tree trunk and would really like to know where he is going to be cutting this extra weight from.

    Unless he losses some muscle mass but still I bet he walks around at 205 or 210.

    • Tom Jolley

      Lombard said he has been running/walking approximately 12 miles a day,
      as well as dieting a lot. As a result, he now walks around at 192
      pounds, while he used to walk around at 220 pounds.”mmafighting.com”

  • The Best Eva

    This guy needs to start winning some fights.

  • This fight would be awesome. Hector called out Nate a few years ago. I hope they make this happen.

  • Baller31

    It would be a bit more impressive to call out a guy who didn’t just get KTFO in the first round.