Highly-touted middleweight Hector Lombard made his UFC debut last night…sort of. Lombard, who has spent the last few years terrorizing Bellator’s middleweight division as a seemingly unbeatable force, joined hosts Todd Harris and Kenny Florian on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight where he talked about signing with the organization as well as how he’ll be approaching his official unveiling against Brian Stann when the two tussle at UFC on FOX 4.
“I feel great. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time,” said the 34-year old when asked about signing with the UFC.
Prior to inking a deal with the UFC Lombard compiled a 31-2-1 record including 24 wins since his last loss and seventeen strike-based stoppages. However, the American Top Team staple isn’t necessarily looking to solely keep things standing on August 4 when he meets Stann inside the Octagon. Then again, it’s hard to blame the Cuban-American for his approach when considering nine of Stann’s twelve total triumphs have involved a TKO and Lombard has Olympic-level credentials in judo.
“My game plan is win. I’m not gonna go out there and say, ‘I’m gonna go in there and stand up only.’ That’s not gonna happen,” explained Lombard. “I’m gonna go out there to win, no matter what it takes. If we have to grapple, I will grapple. If we have to go to the ground, I will go to the ground. At the end of the day it’s MMA.”
Check out Lombard’s full interview below:
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