Former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard terrorized opponents over a five-year span before signing with the UFC where he promptly went 1-2 with a pair of Split Decision stumbles. As a result, Lombard decided to move to 170 pounds based on the belief he’d excel in a division his body is more naturally suited for. However, Lombard recently made it clear the drop didn’t come without pressure from his employers.

“The UFC wanted me to go to 170. They believe that I would perform better at 170 than 185. I have to do what the bosses say, you know? Can’t argue with the bosses,” said Lombard in an interview with The MMA Hour, adding, “They said I’m too small for 185 and I would be better at 170. I try to convince, but Joe Silva was taking, ‘no, no, no, I don’t want you at 185.’ So I have to do what he says.”

While Lombard has been able to shed the required weight, he’s not necessarily happy about it even though he believes his speed and endurance will improve based on his slimmer physique.

“If it were to be up for me, I would stay at 185,” confessed Lombard before acknowledging he has to play the hand he’s been dealt. “I have to be disciplined…I’ve been training hard and I think I’ll be able to make it and I think I’ll be able to perform better.”

Lombard (32-4-1) will make his welterweight debut on October 19 at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas where he’s scheduled to meet Nate Marquardt  (32-12-2).