As most people expected would be the case, 2015 will close out without featuring another fight from Hector Lombard.
Following Lombard’s decision win at UFC 182 in January, and his failed drug test, the welterweight has been suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. According to multiple reports, Lombard’s victory will also be overturned to a no contest, and he’s also been fined a total of $68,900.
After Lombard decisioned Josh Burkman on January 3rd, he was tapped to fight fellow contender, Rory MacDonald on April 25th. Then it was reported that Lombard had tested positive for the steroid desoxymethyltestosterone, and the fight was cancelled.
Now MacDonald will take on champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 on July 11th.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, at today’s hearing in Las Vegas, Lombard blamed the failed test on a supplement he took heading into UFC 182. Lombard says he was told that the supplements “were made from plants.”
The 37 year-old fighter also apologized to his fans, the UFC, Burkman and reportedly stated:
“I relied on people I trusted to provide me with the correct information. I take full responsibility for not getting all information on this product. I am truly embarrassed and sorry for my actions. This will never happen again. As a fighter, I do not have many fights left in my career. I hope I can use this time to provide younger fighters with information on who they can trust.”
Lombard apparently did not inform the commission that he was taking any pills, and the fighter says he didn’t tell his camp or doctors.
So, there you have it. It looks like the earliest we’ll see Lombard back in the Octagon is next January. It will be interesting to see what the welterweight landscape looks like by then.
The American Top Team fighter currently holds a record of 34-4-1.