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Mark Munoz thinks Hector Lombard should pay dues before getting a title-shot

UFC middleweight Mark Munoz (12-2) may not have the mystique or winning streak of newly signed 185-pounder Hector Lombard (31-2) but he does own seven victories inside the Octagon, including four straight, compared to the Cuban judoka’s zero. However, despite the difference, Lombard has been linked to a crack at the divisional championship with a win over Brian Stann in his upcoming UFC debut while Munoz seems to have been forgotten about in the equation.

Munoz recently spoke about the situation where he made it clear he isn’t happy about the notion of Lombard leap-frogging him on the contendership ladder.

“Shoot, I got respect for that guy. He’s a good fighter…but, at the same time, I’ve been in this organization for over two years and I’ve been earning my stripes. He needs to do the same,” said Munoz in an interview with All Elbows. “So this fight against Brian Stann, should he win it, I don’t think he deserves a title shot. I don’t. Just being honest. Just being real.”

“I’ve gone to the point where I was on the brink of fighting for a title-shot when I fought Yushin (Okami). I lost that fight, and now I’m on a four-fight winning streak. So now I think I deserve that fight should I win against Chris Weidman,” Munoz concluded.

The 34-year old’s stumble against Okami is his only loss at middleweight and involved a Split Decision. Since then he’s beaten Aaron Simpson, C.B. Dollaway, Demian Maia, and Chris Leben. His next bout takes place in June at UFC on Fuel 4 where he’ll face Weidman. By comparison, Lombard has emerged with his hand raised in 24 of his last 25 fights with the only exception involving a Draw.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Come on Munoz you know Zuffa is eager to get a return on that investment… plus what says “earning my stripes” better then former Olympic Judoka.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Hector has fought almost three times as many fights as Munoz, hasnt lost in 6 years, has multiple titles in small orgs as well as the BFC title, and like Rece said the Olympic experience and an extensive Judo competition background, guys paid his dues.
    i do however think he should have been fighting someone considered number 2 or 3 in the UFC instead of Brian Stann. that wont stop me rooting like a moneyhuffer for the big fella when he faces Stann in a couple months

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Agreed, he is facing a tough and proven fighter in Stann. While he may not be a top 5 guy he is top 10 for sure, and if Hector walks through him like Chael did then we know he deserves a shot at UFC gold, if he loses then Stann makes a huge statement ( remember Forrest vs Shogun?)


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