Hector Lombard knows that his loss to Tim Boetsch last year dropped him down the pecking order in the UFC’s middleweight division. Despite entering on a significant unbeaten streak, Lombard was unable to match Boetsch, falling by decision.
The former Bellator champion and ex-Olympian rebounded to close out 2012, defeating Rousimar Palhares. And, while some feel he is a viable contender to UFC mdidleweight champ Anderson Silva, Lombard knows that isn’t true – at least not right now.
Lombard has signed on to face Yushin Okami at UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann later this year, and hopes to pile up enough wins to earn his opportunity at “The Spider.”
“They won’t give me Anderson Silva,” said Lombard, in an interview with News.com recently. “We have to be realistic and talk about things that might happen. I’ve got to take one fight at a time and one-by-one I can take them out. By the end of the year, people are going to say he deserves the title shot.”
Lombard mentioned possible fights against Chris Weidman and Jake Shields in the future after battling Okami, saying, “Those are the guys I want to fight.”
The interview had been conducted prior to Lombard and Okami signing up to fight in March from Japan, as “Shango” said of Okami: “I’ve been asking for Okami but they won’t give him to me because of his chin. Okami has no chin, he can’t cop the punches.”