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.