Hector Lombard Eyes Potential Carlos Condit Match Up
Take notice UFC welterweight division, Hector Lombard isn’t waiting around. Fresh from his first round knockout of Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt at UFC 166, Lombard (33-4-1-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is hungry for another victim.
We saw glimpses of the old Hector Lombard at UFC 166 when he made his welterweight debut by running through vetera Marquardt in under two minutes. The fight was dubbed ‘loser leaves the UFC’ by MMA media, as both fighters had one win in their last three bouts, showing an incredible degree of inconsistency.
Many fans were expecting a close affair. Lombard, a former multiple judo gold medalist and former Bellator middleweight champion, left no doubt in people’s minds who was the better man at the end of the bout. He used his speed and footwork to chase down Marquardt before a flurry of hard punches left ‘The Great’ out cold on the mat.
Less than two weeks after the fight, Lombard has his eyes set on future opponents. Recently speaking to BJPenn.com, Lombard had this to say.
“I think that Carlos Condit is high ranked, right? OK, I’ll take Carlos Condit.”
Condit (29-7-0 MMA) is currently scheduled to fight Matt Brown at UFC ON FOX 9, in what is expected to be a number one contender bout. Lombard also expressed his desire to fight Martin Kampmann (20-7 MMA), who is coming off a fourth round TKO loss to Condit. Kampmann is currently ranked 7th in the UFC welterweight rankings and doesn’t have a bout booked for the future.
But coming off two losses, it may be unlikely the two would be matched together. When asked about comparing himself to the UFC’s dominant welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Lombard had this to say:
“I don’t want to talk about that, because you know, I have a long time to get there, I want to get one of those guys (Condit or Kampmann) first.”
Lombard may be a long way from a title shot, but if he follows his last performance up with something similar against an opponent like Condit or Kampmann, his goal may not be too far out of reach.