Now that former UFC star Nate Marquardt is officially unemployed – ahem, a free agent – there is really only one show in America he can turn to. If the controversial fighter opts to look in that direction, he’ll have Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard’s mug staring right back at him.
“He’s a big name up there,” Lombard told Sherdog Radio. “I’m ready for the challenge. I want to show everybody what I’m capable of doing. I just want to fight that guy bad.
“I think [Marquardt] is a cheater, but [against] me he can take all the drugs he wants. I’m going to whoop his ass anyway.”
Lombard claimed Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney already offered Marquardt an immediate shot at his crown if he joined the organization, but “Nate the Great” declined.
Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren has also been very critical of Marquardt’s use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. He too would like a tango with the veteran, but Lombard doesn’t believe that’s a viable option for Marquardt at this stage of his career.
“I don’t see him making [170 pounds]. He’s a natural 185 [pound fighter],” Lombard expressed. “He’s been fighting at 185. At one point Marquardt was number two in the world at 185.”
It’s also possible that Marquardt could make his way back over to Japan where he experienced great success prior to joining the UFC. However, receiving payment from a promotion in the Orient is far from a guarantee.
“There’s no excuses anymore,” Lombard emphatically stated. “Don’t say you’ve got a contract with the UFC because he doesn’t have it. He can take the fight and prove everybody wrong. Nobody respects me at the moment. That’s why I want to fight Nate Marquardt and show the people what I can do.
“Please. Guys, help me out. Put the word out there and put the pressure on this guy to make the fight happen with me.”
Lombard owns a dominant 29-2-1 (NC 1) professional record. He was last seen putting Falaniko Vitale to sleep in a non-title matchup this past May.