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.