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Stun Gun 06-19-2013 03:59 PM

UFC's Hector Lombard officially headed to welterweight, wants Nate Marquardt

by Staff on Jun 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm ET
After his much-anticipated arrival in the UFC middleweight division provided mixed results, Hector Lombard is officially dropping a
weight class.

Lombard (32-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) today confirmed the move to welterweight via Twitter. Additionally, FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" confirmed the move on Tuesday, with reporter Ariel Helwani reporting Lombard is interested in a fight with Nate Marquardt (32-12-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC).

UFC officials haven't confirmed a date or an opponent for the former Bellator champion's next bout.

Lombard, who's ranked No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/ MMA middleweight rankings, joined the UFC in 2012 on the strength of a 25-fight unbeaten streak (24-0-1). The run saw the Olympic judoka win Bellator's inaugural middleweight tournament and make a lone title defense over Alexander Shlemenko.

However, in his UFC debut, Lombard looked flat in suffering a split-decision defeat to Tim Boetsch
(though most media outlets scored the fight for Lombard). He rebounded with a first-round knockout of Rousimar Palhares, but in his most recent bout, Lombard dropped a split decision to perennial contender Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL TV 8 back in March.

Marquardt, who's also a former middleweight, is a former Strikeforce champion who returned to the organization in March. However, he suffered a knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158, which
marked the first back-to-back losses of his career.

I think this is a good move for Lombard. I think he will do much better at WW

GDPofDRB 06-19-2013 04:02 PM

That will be a great first fight in the division.

Stun Gun 06-19-2013 04:06 PM

I agree, good start. Nate will stand and fight, hes not going to be wrestled

dlxrevolution 06-19-2013 08:59 PM

I'm interested in seeing what he looks like at 170. He's pretty thick at middleweight and looks ripped even during the fight. He's almost guarentee'd to lose muscle and strength. Hopefully he can find some consistant success at 170.

ptw 06-20-2013 12:49 AM

His drop doesn't make much sense if you ask me, but I guess he should do better in the WW division than the MW division. Reason I say it doesn't make sense is cuz even though he lost they were very close fights and he clearly could hang with the best in the division. Pretty humble of him to ask to fight Nate, I say they give him a top 10 guy.

cdtcpl 06-20-2013 07:49 AM

So is he cutting off an arm or a leg?

Killz 06-20-2013 07:51 AM

I see Nate getting knocked unconcious here... IF Lombard can make 170.

Liddellianenko 06-20-2013 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by cdtcpl (Post 2125889)
So is he cutting off an arm or a leg?

Probably just the creatine and horse meat, dude is wayy too stocky for his height.

Good move by Lombard I think. Won't beat GSP but I can see him being top 5 in this div.

RagingDemonMZ 06-20-2013 10:01 AM

he's too short for the weight class and he had issues there. there are huge enormous guys at 185 like okami, weidman, etc. and some guys can just overpower them, now he's going to be a huge monster at 170 and he'll be able to outmuscle about everyone which is part of his style.

LL 06-20-2013 10:23 AM

Would like to see that fight.

Don't know who the hell would win but if Lombard doesn't start performing he's gonna be in WSOF.

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