“I want to let all my fans know. I fought my last fight injured. I wasnt 100% sure but I went to the doctors… I had a fractured sternum with torn cartilage. I got this injury in training for my fight with Tim Boetsch. I had to be out of training for 6 weeks. I should never have fought like that, but I didn’t want to let my fans and the UFC down. Love you.”

Almost three weeks after his UFC debut that ended in a loss to Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, Hector Lombard announces on his official Facebook that he had suffered a fracture to his sternum, along with torn cartilage. According to the former reigning Bellator Champ he was out six weeks of his training, which is equal to half of an average full camp.

The injury would make sense as many fans of Lombard noticed that he was ‘gun shy’ when it came to blasting his opponents as he’s done in the past, racking up an astonishing 24 straight victories. Others saw the loss as a case of Octagon jitters, or proof he was not on the ‘UFC level’ in talent. Either way, Lombard will have a chance to redeem himself in his next UFC bout.