Former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard will make his long-awaited debut at 170 pounds this October 19 when he meets Nate Marquardt at UFC 166 in Houston. Though incredibly talented, the 5’9” Lombard’s size allowed him to be outmuscled by the UFC’s larger 185ers, leading fans, media members, and UFC President Dana White all to call for “Lightning” to lighten up.
Though not officially announced, UFC reporter Ariel Helwani Tweeted the tilt’s addition to the event’s lineup earlier today. UFC 166 is headlined by a third title-fight between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
Lombard holds an overall record of 32-4-1 with two of the losses coming in his last three fights (both by way of Split Decision). 25 of Lombard’s wins have featured a finish including eighteen knockouts, one of which came against Rousimar Palhares in the Cuban’s lone victory inside the Octagon.
The 32-12-2 Marquardt is on a two-fight skid including a recent starching at the hands of Jake Ellenberger. However, he is still a dangerous foe, possessing a well-rounded attack and past triumphs over the likes of Martin Kampmann, Tyron Woodley, and Demian Maia.