Hector Lombard recently let it be known that he would like to fight Nate Marquardt in his welterweight debut, and it appears as though the former Bellator middleweight champ has got his wish. According to reports the two will throw down at UFC 166 on October 19th in Houston, Texas. The welterweight tilt was reported first by MMA Fighting.com.
After going 1-2 in his first three UFC bouts, and a trial cut to 170, Lombard finally decided recently that he was going to drop to welterweight. The 35 year-old hasn’t fought since March, when he dropped a split decision to perennial contender Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL TV 8. Prior to the defeat, the Olympic Judoka put away Rousimar Palhares with strikes at UFC on FX 6 in December.
Marquardt (32-12-2) has struggled since he took out Tyron Woodley to win the Strikeforce welterweight crown last July, as the vet is coming off a UD defeat to Tarec Saffiedine and a KO loss to Jake Ellenberger. The 34 year-old fighter is 2-3 in his last 5 bouts.
So, it will be fascinating to see how the powerful Lombard looks at 170, as if he can put it all together at that weight, he could be an interesting addition to the division. It’s a pivotal fight for both men, however, as considering the UFC’s sizeable investment in Lombard, the promotion might decide against retaining a 1-3 fighter (although two of his losses have been via split decision) . If Marquardt loses a third consecutive bout, he could be facing free agent status as well.
UFC 166 will be hosted by the Toyota Center in Houston, and will feature a rubber match between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and former champ Junior dos Santos. The October card is off to a nice start.
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