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Hector Lombard Not Looking Past Yushin Okami To Anderson Silva

When Hector Lombard entered the UFC from Bellator, many felt he was only a fight or two from competing against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. However, a debut loss to Tim Boetsch sent Lombard to the back of the line.

The former long-time Bellator champion rebounded with a win over Rousimar Palhares to close out 2012, and will look to make it two straight when he faces previous No. 1 contender Yushin Okami on Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann.

As far as Lombard is thinking, though, all the focus is on Okami – and none on a potential collision with Silva down the road.

“I need to focus on this fight at the moment,” said Lombard, during the pre-fight press conference Thursday. “After that, we can think about (a title shot). Right now, I am focusing on this fight.”

Lombard (32-3-1) finished Palhares in the first round this past December, putting on display the skills everyone else saw in Bellator. It was a far cry from his decision loss to Boetsch.

“My last fight, I felt great, didn’t have any issues; that’s why I performed that way,” Lombard said. “My first performance wasn’t that bad. I feel great for this fight. I’m going to do the same thing I did in my last fight.”