While most fans would likely jump at a chance to see Hector Lombard toss punches with Tyron Woodley, the storyline as to why the fight hasn’t been booked continues to provide some interesting drama.
In case you’ve missed it, recently UFC boss man Dana White relayed that the promotion was hoping to book a bout between the two welterweight contenders, but Woodley passed. The two train out of American Top Team in Florida, and Woodley says he’s not interested in facing a teammate, unless it’s for the belt.
White recently disclosed that Lombard, however is more than willing to take the fight, and the noted finisher has certainly backed that up via his Twitter account.
— Hector Lombard (@HectorLombard) September 4, 2014
Well, in a follow up interview with MMA Junkie.com Radio, Lombard was asked about his willingness to fight Woodley, despite the fact they’re ATT teammates. Here is some of what the promotion’s #6 ranked welterweight had to say:
“Training partners are the ones that train with you full-time, all year-round,” said Lombard. “They help you on other fights, fights that you have with someone else. That’s a training partner. A training partner is a person that lives in your camp.
“Like Robbie (Lawler), he moved all his family, his wife, everyone, and now he lives here. If you live in Mississippi or whatever and you just come when your training comes and use the trainers and the trainers help you to go for your stuff, and you leave, I don’t know.”
Now if that wasn’t clear enough, Lombard went on to add that he’s more “than ready” to battle Woodley, because they “ain’t friends.” How about that?
So, now it remains to be seen if Woodley reverses his position, in light of Lombard’s comments, which appear to be getting more heated. The proposed fight already had a lot of potential when it was first mentioned, due to the abilities of both men, and now there’s even more buzz behind it.
Regardless of whether it comes against Woodley, Lombard is looking to fight for the first time since March, when he cruised through Jake Shields for the unanimous decision win. Since then, the Judoka has been recovering from a serious, herniated disc. The 36 year-old fighter has gone 2-0 since dropping down from middleweight.
Woodley, meanwhile, is coming off a quick, TKO win over Dong Hyun Kim and currently has the UFC’s #3 welterweight ranking spot locked up (as “Showeather” noted so kindly above…).