UFC 171′s packed full of intriguing welterweight bouts, and one might be getting a little more heated as we get closer to Saturday.
During interviews after open workouts, which MMAjunkie.com attended, both Jake Shields and Hector Lombard took some strong shots at one another.
Shields (29-6-1) is a former Strikeforce champion and has gone 4-2 inside the Octagon.
“I’ve always thought Hector is a prick,” Shields said. “Everybody kind of knows that.
“As a person, no one likes him. He goes for all the new guys, tries breaking their ribs, breaking their arms, knocking them out.”
Lombard, meanwhile, is an ex-Bellator champion who sports a 33-4-1 mark that includes a 2-2 record with the UFC. He was critical of the style that Shields uses to win his bouts.
“He’s boring,” Lombard said. “He’s boring. That’s the truth. I don’t like to see him fight and I’m a fan of fighting. I’m a fight fan. That’s the way it is.”
Both did give each other their due, with Shields saying “I do respect him as a fighter. He’s a great fighter,” and Lombard adding “I believe he’s a great fighter. His record speaks for itself.”
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While UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones doesn’t appear to be too concerned with what others think in regards to his future challengers, others are chiming in, including Nick Diaz.
Diaz took to Instagram to post a photo of Alexander Gustafsson rocking a “Don’t Be Scared Homie” shirt – the slogan made famous by Diaz.
Jones is set to meet Glover Teixeira next month, while the winner of that is scheduled to face Gustafsson next.
Diaz announced his retirement from MMA after a loss to Georges St-Pierre, but continues to find ways to keep himself in the news. He ran an event, WAR MMA, last year, and has attended several UFC events lately.
No, Tito Ortiz isn’t hooking up with a current member of the UFC’s female fighting division.
Instead, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has reunited with former Octagon girl Amber Nichole Miller. Miller, who worked UFC 40 while Ortiz was punishing Ken Shamrock, is a model for Punishment Athletics.
The two recently stepped out on the red carpet and with the two boys Ortiz had with former wife Jenna Jameson.
— Punishment Athletics (@Punishment99) March 11, 2014
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is set to face Gilbert Melendez later this year after the two coach on The Ultimate Fighter.
However, that doesn’t mean “Showtime” can just forget about any and all others, including Josh Thomson.
On Twitter recently, Pettis and Thomson had a little exchange with one another.
“(Thomson) when I come back running thru the whole top ten, hopefully ur still around!” Pettis wrote. And in response to someone saying he is “hiding” from Thomson, the champion wrote “fur sure I hate getting paid!!! Lol.”
Thomson, who is recovering from thumb surgery after a loss to Benson Henderson in January, wrote “I’ll see ya soon lil guy. I like you, but you had your chance to fight me and you pulled out. So don’t act tough now behind your keyboard kid.”
Pettis and Thomson were scheduled for a fight last December before Pettis suffered an injury.
@Showtimepettis I like you, but you had your chance to fight me and you pulled out. So don't act tough now behind your keyboard kid.
— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) March 11, 2014