Hector Lombard is coming off consecutive, stoppage losses to Neil Magny and Dan Henderson, and the fighter says his decision to move to 170 played a key factor in the defeats.
After Lombard was decisioned by then middleweight contender Yushin Okami, the former Bellator champ decided to move to 170. The decorated Judoka proceeded to go undefeated in three straight fights, and was en route to becoming a top, welterweight contender. But, after Lombard was stopped by Magny last March, he decided to return to middleweight to face Henderson in June. The latter, however, KO’d Lombard in round two.
Well, fast forward to today, and Lombard is set to face Johny Hendricks at UFC FN 105 this Sunday, in a fight that will go down at 185. Recently Lombard spoke with MMA Junkie, and while discussing his recent defeats, the 39 year-old stated:
“It was a big mistake – what I did with the weight cut for 170 (pounds) messed me up, then I just took another fight so quick,” Lombard said. “My body wasn’t ready. I didn’t want to go through that again. … I just couldn’t do 170 with no IVs and no recovery. That was insane. That was the past, and now I’m looking for the future.”
“My body was still recovering from the weight cut it was insane,” Lombard added, while discussing the fact he fought Henderson not long after he battled Magny. “I’m never going to cut that much weight especially with so little time to recover after…”
There’s no question that Lombard has had plenty of success fighting at 185 in the past. After all, this is a guy who went undefeated from November, 2006, through July, 2012. But, it remains to be seen if he can get through the division’s larger fighters. Same thing, of course, can be said for Johny Hendricks, who like Lombard, is 5’9 tall.
UFC FN 105 will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia.