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UFC 182: Hector Lombard is Calling for Scrap With Rory MacDonald

Hector Lombard

Josh Burkman was unable to end Hector Lombard’s title shot aspirations at UFC 182, and following the latter’s latest victory, he’s calling for a fight with the division’s #3 ranked fighter.

Lombard scored a unanimous decision win over Burkman on Saturday night, and after the bout, the powerful welterweight was asked about his short term future. There had been talk recently about the possibility of Lombard stepping in to fight Matt Brown on February 14th, since the contender is looking for a new opponent. Tarec Saffiedine recently had to withdrarw from that fight due to injury.

It looks like Lombard, however, has his eyes on fighting an even higher ranked welterweight. While discussing his next fight, here is what Lombard had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I think Rory MacDonald makes more sense for me,” Lombard said. “It’s up to Dana, but I think that Rory, he’s not going to fight for the title, so I think that (fight) makes sense.”

Dana White was also asked to weigh-in on Lombard’s next bout, and the UFC boss man listed Tyron Woodley, Brown and MacDonald as possibilities. So, it will be interesting to see what the UFC decides to do, as any of those fights would likely be welcomed by fans.

The powerful Judoka, who has won three straight fights now, also provided this take on his bout with Burkman:

“I’m a little bit disappointed,” Lombard said afterward. “Because I was expecting that he was going to try and bang with me, but, you know, he didn’t. So it’s always hard to fight a guy who’s running away, but I proved that I can stay three rounds at the same pace, and let’s see what happens in the future.”

Well, chances are not too many opponents are going to stand in the pocket all night and throw hands with Lombard. Burkman deserves credit for doing so on several occasions though, and hanging in there for 15 minutes.

UFC 182 went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

4 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Lombard and Cowboy must of teamed up to say the same things about their opponents, both said they were disappointed in their fight because the other guy didn’t do what they thought he would do, stand and bang, and instead spent the whole fight running.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Speaking of Cowboy, word is that Alvarez is now out of his fight with Henderson, and Cowboy is stepping in to replace him, going to fight Ben Henderson on the 18th now, just 2 weeks after his last fight

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Yes just read about Eddie, guy is one of my favourite fighters but I’m glad he’s out of this one, not sure Benson is a good match up for him. Plus I’ve been wanting to see Cerrone and Benson go at it again for years. I reckon Donald could take it this time

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I also think Donald has a good shot but not on two weeks notice.

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