Hector Lombard Says He Fought Injured Against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149

August 8, 2012
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Former Bellator champion turned UFC middleweight Hector Lombard has now revealed he wasn’t nearly 100-percent as he headed into his Octagon debut against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149.

Following a lackluster performance that saw him come out on the losing end of a decision to Boetsch in July, Lombard now says that he actually went into the fight quite injured.

The injury will now force him to sit out an additional six-weeks before returning to training.

“I want to let all my fans know. I fought my last fight injured. I wasnt 100% sure but I went to the doctors, I have a fracture sternum with a torn cartilage,” Lombard wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

“I got this injury in training for my fight with Tim Boetsch. I have to be out of training for 6 weeks, I should never have fought like that, but I didn’t want to let my fans and the UFC down.”

Lombard came into his UFC debut on a 25-fight unbeaten streak, but it all came to an end with his loss to Boetsch in Canada at UFC 149.

The American Top Team Fighter will now look to recover from the injury as he tries to get back on the right path in the middleweight division in the UFC.

It’s unknown at this time when Lombard would be available to fight again before the close of 2012.

  • browill70

    He’ll learn. Comming up with excuses after a loss is the last thing any fighter wants to do in the UFC.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Beaver

      Agreed…that was a horrible performance…and its taken him over a month to come out with this?? Sounds like BS to me. And a broken sternum is pretty serious…chances are he wouldn’t have passed the medical if thats the case.

      What an idiot…when is he going to get cut??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303381295 Hunter S

    boo this man!!!!

    BOOOOOO!!!!

  • SuperNate-AO

    A broken sternum? That’s a new one. A new lie that is.

  • Mario

    This coming from a guy who hates fighters who make excuses after fights?

    Lombard is a loser. A meathead basically.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Beaver

      Yeah didn’t he go on some tirade about some guy making excuses after one of his fights? He needs to go away…he beat 25 guys in a row. So what…they were all chumps…if you look at the list he has beaten 2 guys that were TUF rejects and had a couple UFC fights then were cut. A record is only as good as the people who are on it…100-0 against 100 nobodies doesn’t mean anything

      • RubeKegal

        Rickson might disagree LOL

  • troop

    I say whatever. Prove your worth in the UFC MW losers bracket:
    Lombard vs Munoz
    Sonnen vs Wandy

    winners fight and get back into contention with 2 wins in a row.
    I’d like the losers to fight as well. Someone would be getting 3 loses in a row and out of the UFC. My early guess is it would be Wandy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DiceDime.247 danielhagamann

      lol. Btw Munoz is still a prospect :))

  • markrenton

    uh, you fought so you wouldn’t let your fans down? Sorry Hector, your plan back fired.

    Did anyone else notice that Lombard took off like 17 different UFC shirts before he got in the octagon? It was like a cartoon sketch

    • phrankthetank

      And he wasnt even sweating, could be that he didn’t want to risk worsening the injury during his warmup so he just layered up to try and break a sweat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yannick.messaoud yannickmessaoud

    Is it possible to see the medical report that he passed before the fight? i mean that showed he was injured.

  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    Wow what disrespect from mma fans. I for one would like to thank Hector Lombard for taking that fight and not withdrawing. This guy is no a man to make many excuses, the guy is a beast from ATT who is an olympic judo medalist, I’m pretty sure he’s not afraid of anyone and doesn’t need to make up b.s excuses. He was robbed in that fight. I love Tim B. too. I’m a big fan of his but Hector stuffed his takedowns, took him down, landed a nice liver kick and stood in front of him waiting for him to engage more aggresivly. Give the guy a break.

    • b-soc

      CombatScienceMMA, I have to agree with the disrespect towards Lombard because I think he did let the fans down by fighting the way he did. And, then coming out a month later and saying he was injured makes it worse. He choked under the pressure, bottom line. Even with a would be broken sternum, he should have went for broke, but he just stood there and through shoulder punches from the sides. In this case, the hate is justified.

      • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

        b-soc, but it happens. The guy has given his life to martial arts and this sport as well. I just think calling the guy a bum and can crusher is just wrong. The guy is still a world class pro fighter. Injuries happen, and people have off nights. So b/c he lost a lack luster performance to Tim B doesn’t mean hes garbage and not an incredible fighter. I don’t blame anyone for not being happy with his performance but to degrade the guy as a fighter is just not what a true mma fan would do.

        • macgrubber

          Ya im a true mma fan but also live in the greatest country on gods green earth the good ol USA and in the US we can degrade who we want when we want.

          • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

            You win comment of the year macgrubber lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Beaver

          I have to disagree with you here. I agree that no fighter wants to go out and give a lackluster performance. BUT if you have an injury that you think will cause you to do so, then bow out of the fight. A true fan, or someone that has trained martial arts before will understand. Fanboys will call him every name under the sun.

          I give infinitely more respect to a guy who pulls out of a fight with an injury then comes back 100% and puts on a show, than a guy who has a frankly horrible performance and then waits a month to blame an injury?

          I think this was damage control on Lombards part. You know Dana is pissed about the whole situation and Lombard thinks by doing this it will make things better.

          • phrankthetank

            It’s tough, that was the most injury ridden card in UFC history, Lombard vs boetsch was the main fight I wanted to see. I’m sure Lombard didn’t want to let the UFC down by Boeing out like everyone else.

      • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

        And thank you for replying to my comments by the way. Appreciate it. Love talking to fans.

      • longtime fan

        whats up with all the haters. yea the guy didnt perform the way we thought he would. Injured or not, why disrespect the guy for not “being exciting” to you. I for one think the guy got robbed anyways. it was a lackluster performance both ways and boetch isnt taking any critisism. Boetch is known to be more exciting as well. Plus it was the guys first fight. give him a chance. As a true MMA fan i saw the potential in him. I know hes more than capable of beating anyone in that division. Until you go out there and do what he has done in the fighting world then your comments are just plain worthless.

      • longtime fan

        whats up with all the haters. yea the guy didnt perform the way we thought he would. Injured or not, why disrespect the guy for not “being exciting” to you. I for one think the guy got robbed anyways. it was a lackluster performance both ways and boetch isnt taking any critisism. Boetch is known to be more exciting as well. Plus it was the guys first fight. give him a chance. As a true MMA fan i saw the potential in him. I know hes more than capable of beating anyone in that division. Until you go out there and do what he has done in the fighting world then your comments and critisism are just plain worthless.

      • KBEsq

        Yeah, I agree with b-soc. As much as the fans are getting tired of replacement fights due to injury, I actually think it’s more disrespectful to MMA fans to fight with an injury that will substantially affect your performance.

        I’m sure the fans would rather see a fight between two fighters who can give it their all and wait to see Lombard at his best.

        By the way, this comment is assuming Lombard is telling the truth. Even if he’s being honest that this was affecting him prior to the fight, it’s hugely disrespectful to Boetsch.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Beaver

          Again I agree with your comments KBEsq. I think that fighting at anything less than 100% is wrong. Yes this card was hit pretty hard with the injury bug, but the card was also garbage, Dana even said he hated it and that he was pissed at all the guys on the main card. I think Lombard is using this possible injury as a “Dana dont be mad at me cuz I was hurt” excuse.

          I think that if the injury is bad enough to cause you to perform poorly(and his performance was pretty damn poor in this fight) then the injury is bad enough to pull out of the fight.

    • dathump

      Boetsch broke his foot during this fight and still fought, So to say Lombard was waiting for him to be more aggressive is BS, and to say he was robbed is BS. A split desision loss is fair for a lack luster fight. lets see how his next fight goes and we will see if it was an injury or UFC jitters, or just an excuse.

  • dgs

    Fighting with an injury puts a fighter in a bad position. If he fights and losses due to the injury he’s labeled an excuse maker. If he doesn’t fight because he’s injured and wants to be 100% for the fight, he’s labeled an excuse maker (or even more preposterous, that he’s afraid of his opponent). Really, these guys can’t win either way, so it seems most of them take the fight injured.

    If I was a pro fighter, I would NEVER take a fight at anything less than close to 100% health. Fighters are too good nowadays to risk fighting injured against a fighter who is not. That is an unfair advantage I would never give my opponent. I would much rather people label me a coward or excuse maker for not fighting injured, than taking a fight injured simply to appease some knuckleheaded fans and losing anyway (and possibly making the injury worse in the process).

  • phrankthetank

    How many people dropped out due to injury on that card? They get a free pass but the guy who fought injured gets torn to pieces? It’s true what they say about MMA fans, we are as$holes.

    • Machterf5

      It’s true. The worst thing about MMA is the fans.

  • ryanharmon

    Then why talk all that s*** from the get go, be humble, say say I will give this fight my best. When you get rolled up like he did, then say “my sternum hurts”, nobody will believe you. The talent is simply much better in the UFC.