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Hector Lombard: “My game plan is win.”

Highly-touted middleweight Hector Lombard made his UFC debut last night…sort of. Lombard, who has spent the last few years terrorizing Bellator’s middleweight division as a seemingly unbeatable force, joined hosts Todd Harris and Kenny Florian on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight where he talked about signing with the organization as well as how he’ll be approaching his official unveiling against Brian Stann when the two tussle at UFC on FOX 4.

“I feel great. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time,” said the 34-year old when asked about signing with the UFC.

Prior to inking a deal with the UFC Lombard compiled a 31-2-1 record including 24 wins since his last loss and seventeen strike-based stoppages. However, the American Top Team staple isn’t necessarily looking to solely keep things standing on August 4 when he meets Stann inside the Octagon. Then again, it’s hard to blame the Cuban-American for his approach when considering nine of Stann’s twelve total triumphs have involved a TKO and Lombard has Olympic-level credentials in judo.

“My game plan is win. I’m not gonna go out there and say, ‘I’m gonna go in there and stand up only.’ That’s not gonna happen,” explained Lombard. “I’m gonna go out there to win, no matter what it takes. If we have to grapple, I will grapple. If we have to go to the ground, I will go to the ground. At the end of the day it’s MMA.”

Check out Lombard’s full interview below:


  • Angry Mike says:

    I don’t expect the fight with Stann to go to the ground. I suspect Lombard will want to make a statement with a dramatic ko, not by grappling. Stann’s ground skills are improving, but his power and striking are his strengths. I think his conditioning is better than what I’ve seen out of Lombard, so if Stann can weather the storm in the first round, his chances improve. I always cheer for Stann, but this is one of those fights where it’s a toss up, imo.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    If Lombard loses it would have a big trickle down effect. It would reinforce the notion that fighters in the UFC are much better than fighters from other promotions and possibly reduce interest in Bellator due to the same notion that it is inferior in quality and not worth watching.

    I would expect one who has skills in high level grappling in a match where weakness of opponent is grappling to prevail. Would like to see Lombard win to infuse new blood into the upper part of the weight class.


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