Bellator’s 185 lb. middleweight champ Hector Lombard is looking forward to the rumor that Nate Marquardt will be coming over to Bellator. The rumor does seem likely as UFC President has banned Nate Marquardt, which likely also excludes him from the newly purchased Strikeforce promotion. Lombard told Sherdog.com that he wants Marquardt, and is confident he can defeat Marquardt with or without is testosterone replacement.
“Ben Askren said it all,” Lombard echoed. “I think [Marquardt] is a cheater, but [against] me, he can take all the drugs he wants. I’m going to whoop his ass anyway.”
Although Marquardt had been scheduled to fight at 170 pounds against Rick Story at UFC Live 4, he has spent most of his career at 185. If he comes to Bellator, Lombard wants him at 185.
“I don’t see him making . … He’s a natural 185,” Lombard said. “He’s been fighting at 185. At one point he was number two in the world at 185.”
Lombard claimed that Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has already offered Marquardt an immediate middleweight title shot that he declined.
“There’s no excuses anymore,” Lombard said. “Don’t say you’ve got a contract with the UFC because he doesn’t have it. He can take the fight and prove everybody wrong.”