It looks like fans can remove Hector Lombard from the list of possible challengers to UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s throne, at least in terms of the immediate future. While Lombard has a stiff task ahead of him in the form of a fight with Tim Boetsch this weekend at UFC 149, the former Bellator title-holder has no intention of lobbying for a crack at Silva’s crown even with a dominating win in tow.
Rather, Lombard has his sights set on Mark Munoz. Though Munoz came up short in his last bout, suffering a TKO loss to Chris Weidman, a handful of comments he made leading up to the rumble apparently rubbed Lombard the wrong way.
“I’m going to call Mark Munoz out. I’m focused on the fight, but I’m going to call out Mark Munoz after. That’s my goal,” said the Cuban judoka in an interview with MMAJunkie. “He’s been talking a lot of trash about me.”
“One hundred percent,” added Lombard when asked if he would bypass a match-up with Silva in favor of mixing it up with Munoz. “You got it. I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to talk about him. I just want to fight him. I want to fight him bad.”
Much of Munoz’s criticism of Lombard was directed at the need to pay dues inside the Octagon before being fast-tracked to the front of the contendership line. While many would side with him in most instances, few fighters are more deserving than Lombard would be with a victory this Saturday night considering his overall record of 31-2-1 and an unbeaten streak dating back to late 2006.
Regardless, as it stands currently, other options like Alan Belcher and Weidman now appear most likely for a date with Silva rather than Lombard.
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