Hector Lombard has recently made the move from the UFC’s middleweight division to welterweight. In previous interviews, it appeared that Lombard was making a move that he wanted, but recently he seems to have changed his tune. Lombard is now saying that it was the UFC’s recommendation that he make the drop to 170-pounds, so he just decided to be a company man and go with the flow.
“That wasn’t my plans, UFC wanted me to go to 170,” Lombard said on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, via The Underground.
“They believe that I have, that I will perform better at 170 than 185. I have to do what the bosses say you know. Can’t argue with the bosses. If it were up to me, I would have stayed at 185. I have to be disciplined and I have to do what they want me to do. I’ve been training hard and I think I will be able to make it and I will be able to perform better that way.”
Lombard will be making his 170-pound debut on October 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas against former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt. The two men are two of the biggest welterweights in the division and they also have the skills sets to put on a fight that will get the crowd on their feet.
It may not be a move that Lombard wanted to make, but it should prove to be one that allows him to get back to a top level after a disappointing start to his UFC career.