Although Hector Lombard dismissed calls to drop down from middleweight for some time, the former Bellator champ certainly made the most of his welterweight debut by violently taking out Nate Marquardt at UFC 166. As a result of the performance, it seems like the MMA world is buzzing about Lombard and what could come next.
So, not surprisingly, Lombard was asked about who he’s interested in fighting next will appearing on BJ Penn.com Radio recently. The 35 year-old fighter, who went 1-2 in the UFC middleweight division, had this to say:
“I think that Carlos Condit is high ranked, right?” Lombard asked, before also mentioning Martin Kampmann as a fighter he’d like to face. “OK, I’ll take Carlos Condit.”
Lombard was also asked about how he feels he would go against champion Georges St.Pierre, but the Judoka responded by saying:
“I don’t want to talk about that,” Lombard said, “because, you know, I have a long time to get there. I want to get one of those guys [Condit or Kampmann] first.”
Fair enough. Since Condit is scheduled to fight Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 9, then chances are Lombard won’t be fighting the #2 ranked welterweight anytime soon. The #7 ranked Kampmann, on the other hand, isn’t booked for a bout and that’s certainly a promising fight on paper.
Whoever Lombard fights next, chances are they’ll be a well established vet like Marquardt. Nick Diaz versus Lombard would certainly attract some interest no?
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