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Mark Munoz thinks Hector Lombard should pay dues before getting a title-shot

UFC middleweight Mark Munoz (12-2) may not have the mystique or winning streak of newly signed 185-pounder Hector Lombard (31-2) but he does own seven victories inside the Octagon, including four straight, compared to the Cuban judoka’s zero. However, despite the difference, Lombard has been linked to a crack at the divisional championship with a win over Brian Stann in his upcoming UFC debut while Munoz seems to have been forgotten about in the equation.

Munoz recently spoke about the situation where he made it clear he isn’t happy about the notion of Lombard leap-frogging him on the contendership ladder.

“Shoot, I got respect for that guy. He’s a good fighter…but, at the same time, I’ve been in this organization for over two years and I’ve been earning my stripes. He needs to do the same,” said Munoz in an interview with All Elbows. “So this fight against Brian Stann, should he win it, I don’t think he deserves a title shot. I don’t. Just being honest. Just being real.”

“I’ve gone to the point where I was on the brink of fighting for a title-shot when I fought Yushin (Okami). I lost that fight, and now I’m on a four-fight winning streak. So now I think I deserve that fight should I win against Chris Weidman,” Munoz concluded.

The 34-year old’s stumble against Okami is his only loss at middleweight and involved a Split Decision. Since then he’s beaten Aaron Simpson, C.B. Dollaway, Demian Maia, and Chris Leben. His next bout takes place in June at UFC on Fuel 4 where he’ll face Weidman. By comparison, Lombard has emerged with his hand raised in 24 of his last 25 fights with the only exception involving a Draw.

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