Hector Lombard’s (Pictured) highly-anticipated big league debut didn’t quite go according to plan, but contrary to what UFC president Dana White believes, Lombard claims it is not time to reinvent the wheel.
Following Lombard’s disappointing showing at UFC 149, which resulted in a split decision defeat to Tim Boetsch, White suggested the stocky slugger should shed 10 pounds and drop to the welterweight division because he might be too small to compete against the UFC’s middleweights.
However, after letting the dust from the derailing of his hype train settle, Lombard took to his Twitter Monday to dispel the notion that relocation is in his future.
“I feel strong at 185 just because I had a bad fight does not mean that I am going to drop to 170,” Lombard tweeted.
“Lightning” had rattled off 24 consecutive victories en route to capturing the Bellator middleweight crown prior to Saturday’s lackluster showing. It was Lombard’s first blemish since dropping a unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi in November of 2006.
There was chatter he could have leapfrogged the 185-pound totem pole by posting an explosive win over Boetsch, but now it appears the 34-year-old is headed towards the back of the line.