Before He Even Fights In The UFC
Hector Lombard has had a lot of hype behind him these past few years. Lombard, the
former Bellator Middleweight champion, currently holds a 31-2 record, has not lost since 2006 and is currently enjoying a 20 fight win streak. Including Bellator, Lombard has fought in various organizations, but none have been able to produce the competition that the UFC can.
The Cuban native, and member of American Top Team down in Boca Raton, Florida, will step into the Octagon tonight under the UFC banner for the first time. The fight with Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will serve as the co-main event at UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao. While Lombard understands the task at hand calls for his attention, he isn’t shy to let his post-UFC 149 plans be known.
Since he began preparing for the fight, Lombard has called out countless big names such as Brian Stann, claimed that he would want to humble Michael Bisping and most recently, he wants to beat-up Mark Munoz.
Why is this such a big deal? He’s a fighter, he should be a big, tough guy who will fight anyone…right? The issue that pops up is the fact that all three men that Lombard has called out, are coming off of losses. How would this help him, and would it even prove a point?
To make it even more interesting, when asked if he had to pick between fighting Mark Munoz or current UFC middleweight champ, Anderson Silva, Hector claimed that he would fight Munoz as opposed to taking the crack at the gold!
But why? Well, Lombard claims that Munoz has been talking bad about him for some time now and would like to get his hands on him. Sounds rather childish, doesn’t it? With the expectations already being sky high for Hector Lombard, his number one concern should be Boetsch, then the gold. Not Mark Munoz.
However, if you’re reading this with concern that Lombard is going to settle for an easier fight if he wins tonight, you can relax because Dana White isn’t going to allow that to happen. With a win, White said that Lombard will face “one of the top guys” in the division.
Could it be Alan Belcher? Could it be Michael Bisping? Could it be Chris Weidman? Who knows, maybe even Anderson Silva?
No matter what the next step is, Hector Lombard is not helping his case. With expectations already set extremly high given his 20-fight win streak, people expect the best from him. Now that he is calling out fighters who are lower in the rankings, acting as some sort of bully, he is only putting more pressure on himself.
While we have to wait and see how this all plays out, the one thing we do know is the process will begin tonight when Lombard makes his UFC debut at UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao!