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Hector Lombard Preparing to Drop to the Welterweight Division

Posted on by Jeff Cain

Hector Lombard thumbUFC middleweight Hector Lombard is planning to drop to the 170-pound division.

The news was reported during a recent episode of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV.

The former Bellator MMA middleweight titleholder has fought three times in the UFC, going 2-1 in those outings.

He made his highly anticipated UFC debut in July 2012 against Tim Boetsch.  He was riding a 20-fight winning streak and carried with him lofty expectations.  The streak and much of the hype came to a halt when Boetsch defeated him by split decision.

He bounced back in December 2012 with a first-round knockout of Rousimar Palhares.

Lombard (38-4-1 with one no contest) walks around at 205 pounds and feels middleweight may not be the best division for him to compete in. He’s sought out the assistance of renowned nutritionist Mike Dolce to aid in his weight cut.

Lombard last fought on March 3, losing a split decision to Yushin Okam on the UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann fight card.  He suffered a broken nose in the loss and will undergo corrective surgery to repair the damage.

After he recovers from surgery, Lombard will focus cutting down to the welterweight division.

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  • rmaz

    good choice. in my opinion a fight with Nate Marquardt could make sense and be a test fo him in the new weight class.

    • Ian Price

      Even better than that. Maybe a top-5 guy.

      • Cereal Killer

        He doesn’t deserve a top 5 guy.

  • J-P Cantin

    Hello. If he lost to Boetsch and Okami and won against Palhares he’s 1-2 and not 2-1.

    Best regards

    • Milosc

      WORD

      *Guys, would it be THAT big of a deal to hire an editor? Seriously

    • Supaman

      lol, true. although he actually should’ve gotten the decision against Boetsch.

  • Cuntlick

    The weight drop is gonna be tough, he carries too much muscle

    • bajafox

      My thoughts exactly. It’d be interesting to see if he could to it and still have the stamina to go at least 3 rounds. If he earns a shot at the champ at 170, he’s gonna need a full 25 mins of cardio

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.sladky Jen Sladky

    1-2… Do you need to hire an editor? I know many.

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    A force at 170! Weight cut will not be easy, he will need to make some lifestyle changes but once he makes weight a few times he will be good

  • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

    I was hoping he wouldn’t do the weight cut and stay at MW but I guess with Dolces help he could have a very bright future. With his judo backround, ko power and experience training at ATT he could be a real contender for GSP.

    • Sir_Roy

      I don’t think he has the skillz to be a contender. I don’t think he can beat a top 5 welterweight to be blunt let alone stand a credible threat to GSP. Welterweight division is stacked with talent. Strength and relative size advantages will only take you so far … Thiago Alves used to cut down from 205 as well. And I would hold he’s arguably more skilled than Hector.

      • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

        Well I guess we’ll find out. I just think this guy is under rated and hated on to much. He’s never been finished.

        • Cereal Killer

          No one has ever finished
          The J&J’s Kitchen Sink Challenge at J&J’s Pizza Shack in Northern Indiana. Doesn’t mean it’s good.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Mark McDowall

        I have to agree Roy. Lombard was on a streak before he got to the UFC…but who did he fight?? A couple TUF rejects? Some never were’s? I think Lombard has already and will continue to prove that he is a bust in the UFC. He had a good run against low level competition but now he’s banging with the big boys he is showing that he isn’t up to the competition.

        As Roy said…I think he will have issues against any of the top UFC WW’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Willhite/100000778373510 Jason Willhite

    So how does he have a 2-1 record in the UFC? Who edits this stuff. It says right there that he Beat Palhares and lost to both Tim and Yushin. Sounds like a 1-2 record in the UFC.

  • Cereal Killer

    Lombards days of can crushing are over! He isn’t that good. I can’t wait for Askrin to come over and get cut after three straight losses.

  • Daniel

    Robbie Lawler is waiting foe you.!

  • bdono

    I’m predicting a debut win over Matt Brown or Amir Sadollah followed by two straight losses. 1st Rory McDonald and then I’m guessing Diaz’s bitchyness will have cleared up by then so that should be a lackluster three round loss. followed by “fingers crossed” the release of another “top tier” fighter that would “tear everyone’s s*** up” if he ever got to the UFC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ForSeanDeblat Sean Deblat

    How is Lombard gonna get down to 170 with all that muscle?!

  • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

    If he walks around 205, he should not be fighting at 170.
    There are plenty of good fights for him at 185. Feed him Stann.

    • Sir_Roy

      Alves walks around at 205.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759915261 Harry Hopper

      Doesn’t matter what he walk around at, If he can make 170lbs. on weigh in day than there’s no reason why he shouldn’t fight at WW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuel.torres.7161 Manuel Torres

    Just look at thiago alves he can do it s*** rumble did it nd he way bigger