After months of speculation, Hector Lombard has officially announced his intention to make a drop in weight. The decision comes after announcing in April he would first attempt a test cut in weight, with the aid of nutritionist Mike Dolce, to determine if his body could handle it. Apparently, the test must have gone pretty well.

On Tuesday, June 18’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, Ariel Helwani reported that Lombard has officially announced that he will be making his welterweight debut. In doing so, he will be leaving the weight class he has competed at his entire career. A career that has spanned nine years, he will test the welterweight waters after having fought 38 times at middleweight. In dropping to 170 pounds, Lombard will look to improve on his mediocre 1-2 UFC record and live up to the hype that surrounded him upon his arrival to the promotion.

Lombard has even gone so far as picking the opponent he would like to debut against. He has elected to call out none other than former UFC middleweight title contender and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt. The bout, which could make for an exciting scrap, was even proposed to Marquardt, to which he responded, “Yeah, why not.”

Helwani also stated in his report that Lombard hopes to make his debut sometime this fall. A potential Lombard-Marquardt fight this fall? Why not.