Straight from the Bellator Fighting Championship’s roster, Hector “Lightning” Lombard made his way to the UFC in 2011 with a extended winning streak that lasted over the course of four years. That was until he met the gritty game of Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch, who wouldn’t allow Lpmbard to get in close and eeked out the split decision win.
With his ugly UFC debut behind him, lightning would strike at UFC on FX late last year, when he iced Rousimar Palhares with punches to secure his spot in the middleweight division. However, his following loss to Yushin Okami would be enough for the UFC brass to recommend that he should make the move to 170lbs because of his small stature.
Lombard spoke out about his attempt to make it down to welterweight, and says he’s not enjoying life after 185 pounds.
I have to do what the bosses say you know. Can’t argue with the bosses. If it were up to me, I would have stayed at 185,” the Cuban said on The MMA Hour. “I have to be disciplined and I have to do what they want me to do. I’ve been training hard and I think I will be able to make it and I will be able to perform better that way. They said I’m too short for 185 and I would be big at 170.
Can Lombard rise from the ashes and re-surge his career as a welterweight?