Hector Lombard’s climb up the welterweight rankings was halted by Neil Magny last March, and now the dangerous fighter admits he didn’t take the contender “seriously”.
Lombard was booked to face Magny at UFC Fight Night 85, in what was his fourth bout at 170. After deciding to drop down from middleweight in 2013, Lombard proceeded to defeat Nate Marquardt, Jake Shields and Josh Burkman (the last fight, however, was declared a no-contest after Lombard tested positive for a banned substance). In other words, Lombard was looking like the welterweight contender everyone had predicted he would be.
Well, although Lombard cracked Magny with some big shots early on, the latter didn’t go away, and he proceeded to stop “Lightning” in round three. In advance of his fight tomorrow night with Johny Hendricks, Lombard admitted the following (quote via UFC.com):
“One of the things that always kills me is I’m overconfident and I can’t be this way any more; I need to be more serious,” said Lombard. “The fight with Magny, I didn’t really take him seriously and I thought I was going to walk through it and it didn’t happen that way.”
“Basically, the weigh cut beat me up,” Lombard added, while referencing his loss to Dan Henderson, which took place in June, 2016. “It beat me up in that fight and the second fight because I took it short notice and my body couldn’t recover. I blame my two losses on the first fight because I shouldn’t be cutting that much weight. I blame those two losses on one fight.”
Considering Magny had gone 9-1 in his last 10 bouts before facing Lombard, it’s a little surprising to hear that he thought the bout would be a walk in the park. Especially since that one defeat came against Demian Maia. But, hey, at least Lombard’s being honest about right?
It will be interesting to see what goes down tomorrow at UFC FN 105. Hendricks has been struggling as of late, but he’ll face Lombard without having been drained by the cut to 170.