Hector Lombard has been suspended after what was a TKO victory over Josh Burkman at UFC 182 was turned into a no-contest because of Lombard’s PED usage. However Lombard hasn’t gone quietly into the night and has been avidly calling out Josh Barnett for a Metamoris grappling encounter.
“I’ve actually been calling Josh Barnett out so we can have a fight at Metamoris,” said Lombard.
“What happened was very simple I’ve been telling him and I told him that I’d call him out after the fight – after one of my Bellator fights – in front of everybody. And then he went backstage and he was like ‘Oh why did you call me out? I call you outside and I call you now.’
“What happened is, I came to train with Erik Paulsen and a bunch of guys down there and he wanted me to suck up to him a bit. Which is something that I don’t do. He wanted me to be a ‘suck up’ and come to him, always come and be submissive to him and all that. I mean at the end of the day, he’s a man and I’m a man and he breaths and I breath, and you know. For me, I don’t believe that anyone is better than anyone. For me, we are all the same. Whether you have more success at one thing or the other, at the end of the day we are people. So that was something that I didn’t do. So from that day on he didn’t like my approach to him because I wasn’t submissive enough and I was just kind of treating him normal.
“And we started sparring, and you know time started going by. 50 minutes, 55 minutes. We sparred for about almost an hour, and I was beating him up and he was bleeding all over the mat, and he saw me that I didn’t quit, and I started hitting hard and he kind of like left. He left the gym. And it’s funny because Erik Paulson was cleaning, he was cleaning the whole gym. Blood everywhere, broken nose, whatever. After that he started hating me even more.
“One day I remember that he was training, and there was a bunch of guys. It was Jake, him, Babalu. It was so many of those guys, and you know all of them his friends obviously, and I start sparring all of them. And you know after I was doing about six changes, he jumps in. I was tired, he took me down without me knowing that it was a takedown, and he was pounding the hell out of me. I was at one point, you know through my mind went through like ‘Wow, I’m dead here.’ Cause he was pounding the hell out of me so bad. For some reason, I don’t know what happened, it was a miracle from god or whatever, I escaped from it, I jumped on top and I start pounding him up. And he’s like ‘Oh that’s it. That’s it. That’s it.’ And he left again. So I mean, you know confrontation by confrontation.
“So it was kind of like he couldn’t bully me, and that was his biggest issue. And then after that I couldn’t even get to train cause he would call the guys at different time. So I would be at the gym by myself and I just decided to leave, man. I mean like it was pretty hard for me. I mean obviously he was the big dog in the gym, and he would call the guys, you know whatever time suits him – Jaime [Fletcher], Babalu and the rest of them. So they wouldn’t show all the time, sometimes they would train at different times. So I couldn’t get my training. So I just decided to leave. I came down to ATT and the rest is history.”
“And that was exactly what happened there, and he knows it. He can go and say whatever he wants. Actually, you know I mean I gotta be fair. He’s been making good comments about me lately. I kind of like to squash the beef between us, but I just tell you what just happened. But I have nothing against him anymore. (I) kind of just let it flow. But I do, you know if the opportunity comes and we can compete in a grappling comp with Metamoris or any grappling comp, I would be more than happy to compete against Josh. That’s for sure.”
“You know there is a reason why I’m calling him out, right? I mean with all due respect, but I see myself winning. I don’t see him beating me, and I hope that one day Metamoris can make that fight happen.”