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Hector Lombard would rather be eating cheeseburgers right now

Hector Lombard would rather be eating cheeseburgers right now

Hector Lombard is making the drop from 185 pounds to 170, chiseling away at the pounds of muscle that made him a small but beefy middleweight fighter. Here he is talking about it, and it sounds like he got some pressure from UFC brass to move down:

“That wasn’t my plans, UFC wanted me to go to 170. They believe that I have, that I will perform better at 170 than 185. I have to do what the bosses say you know. Can’t argue with the bosses. If it were up to me, I would have stayed at 185. I have to be disciplined and I have to do what they want me to do. I’ve been training hard and I think I will be able to make it and I will be able to perform better that way. They said I’m too short for 185 and I would be big at 170.”

A lot of people are reading this quote to imply the UFC forced Hector Lombard to drop a weight class, but it sounds more like a friendly suggestion. A friendly suggestion from the people who have been paying him $300,000 per fight for less than stellar results thus far. There might not be much of a distinction, but in the end it is still the fighter that decides whether to take the UFC’s advice and drop a weightclass or stick it out where they feel more comfortable. I doubt listening to or ignoring said advice will save him either way if he loses his next fight in as terrible of a fashion as his other two UFC losses.