Since Hector Lombard’s been having difficulties lining up a fight at welterweight, the punishing fighter has apparently set his sights on facing middleweight Gegard Mousasi…yes, that’s right. Lombard is apparently thinking about fighting at 185 again.
Lombard was recently cleared to fight again, after rehabbing a neck injury, which has kept him out of action since March when he cruised to a decision win over Jake Shields. More recently, Lombard has let the world know that he’d be down to fight ATT teammate Tyron Woodley, who in turn, wasn’t so interested in the match-up.
Woodley has said he’s not willing to fight a teammate unless it’s for the belt, while Lombard evidently doesn’t really view the welterweight as a teammate to begin with. As the Judoka recently told MMA Junkie.com:
“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.”
So, with Woodley apparently out of the mix, Lombard has relayed to MMA Fighting.com, that he’d like a shot at avenging his 2006 decision loss to Mousasi. The 36 year-old fighter apparently told the outlet the following about Mousasi:
“I want to beat him up.”
Well, it doesn’t get much clearer than that.
So could this fight happen? Would Mousasi be willing to face a guy who is no longer ranked at 185, following his submission loss to “Jacare” Souza? Further, does the UFC want to see its #6th ranked welterweight go back to middleweight for a fight? Rather than face another contender at 170? Especially when he’s coming off clear cut wins over Shields and Nate Marquardt. Probably not.
Of course, finding Lombard a fight at 170 right now is another matter. The aforementioned report says that “Showeather” is also interested in fighting Matt Brown, or the winner of the October 4th scrap between Tarec Saffiedine and Rory MacDonald.
Now Lombard-Brown would be totally awesome, but the latter is currently sidelined with a hand injury. A match-up with the winner of MacDonald-Saffiedine also sounds fantastic, but that could mean Lombard won’t fight again in 2014.