Initially reported by Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, a drop from middleweight to welterweight is a possibility for Hector Lombard.(32-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
From 2007 to 2011, Lombard dominated the MMA middleweight division outside of the UFC, which included a long reigning title run in Bellator, an official record of 24-0-1.
When news broke that the UFC signed one of the hottest prospects in the market, fans were itching to see how well he would compare with the UFC elite. Entering his debut bout with tremendous hype, Lombard failed to live up to the expectations losing a split decision to Tim Boetsch in a less than entertaining fight. Lombard was able to showcase his skills his next fight however, knocking out Rousimar Palhares in the first round. After losing his following fight to Yushin Okami via split decision last month in Japan, Lombard finds himself in a tough situatuion managing to only earn one win out of three fights inside the octagon.
News broke recently that the Cuban- Australian hired Mike Dolce, an expert in dieting and weight-cutting. Lombard will do a test cut before a final decision is made.
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