UFC's Hector Lombard considering a drop to welterweight


hector-lombard-18.jpgAfter a successful middleweight run outside the UFC and mixed results in the organization, Hector Lombard is considering a drop to welterweight.

FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” reported the possibility on Tuesday.

Lombard (32-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) dominated the competition from 2007-2011, which included a 24-0-1 record and a lengthy title run with his former home at Bellator MMA.

However, after signing with the UFC this past year, Lombard suffered a split-decision loss to Tim Boetsch in a flat promotional debut. He rebounded for a knockout victory over Rousimar Palhares, but this past month at UFC on FUEL TV 8, he dropped a split decision to perennial contender Yushin Okami.

Lombard, who recently employed the services of weight-cutting and dieting consultant Mike Dolce, will do a test weight cut to 170 pounds before making a final decision.

However, many factors are working against him, including his stocky build and his age (35). In fact, Lombard had to strip and stand behind a towel to make weight for the Okami fight. Additionally, the Cuban-Australian and Olympic judoka also previously competed as heavy as light heavyweight earlier in his career.

Lombard currently is awaiting surgery on a broken nose he suffered in the loss to Okami before he resumes a full training camp.

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