Hector Lombard spoke recently with Submission Radio, ahead of his fight with Dan Henderson at UFC 199 on Saturday. Lombard has had an odd career in the UFC. He entered the league from Bellator with a 28-0 record, having fought eight times in 2007, three in 2008, five in 2009, five in 2010, and four in 2011.
Expectations were high.
In his UFC debut, he lost a split decision to Tim Boetsch, at middleweight. Then he knocked out Rousimar Palhares, and lost a split decision to Yushin Okami. He next dropped to welterweight, and knocked out Nate Marquardt in the first.
In 2014, he had just one fight, a unanimous decision over Jake Shields.
In 2015 he had just one fight, but the unanimous decision win over Joshua Burkman was changed to a No Contest when he failed a PED test.
Earlier this year, he was stopped with punches by Neil Magny in the third. And now he’s fight Dan Henderson, 45, on Saturday, in a return to middleweight. Going forward he wants to fight only at 185 and 205.
“One of the reasons why I want to go to 205, is because I wanna whoop Tim Boetsch,” said Lombard. “I just I can‘t live without me whooping his ass – and then he can retire. He is at 205, I want to fight the guy, beat him up. That’s one of the reasons.”
“And yeah, I’m a strong guy. I feel strong, I feel powerful and I’m explosive. I don’t wanna cut weight, man. I’m done with that. All my life I’ve been cutting weight. I’m sick of it.”
The stick in the move up in weight is the difficulties he has dropping, like feeling dizzy when he threw a punch at Magny
“When I was in the fight, I felt dizzy,” said Lombard. “I remember when I dropped him with the first punch, it sort of took me a few seconds to find out where he was. And when I found him, then I went to kind of load my level up, and I felt dizzy again. And then after the round, I went back to the corner – I was like dead. It was like my body wasn’t moving.”
“And people say that I was gassed. It wasn’t that I was gassed, you know, even if you take a look at the fight, I wasn’t even breathing heavy. It was like my body wasn’t functioning. I couldn’t move.”
“It sucks because I’m better than that, but like my body just couldn’t move.”
Lombard actually trained at Henderson’s Team Quest when he first came to the USA, but he was not impressed with the experience, adding fuel to the fight.
“Dan Henderson is just fake,” said Lombard. “Fake guy, comes across like a nice guy when he’s not. If somebody comes to my training camp and wants to train – you know if one day I have, let’s suppose that I have a Hector Lombard training camp or Hector Lombard facility, and some young guy [comes in to train] – cause trust me, even at ATT a bunch of guys came from Australia and I introduced myself. Like, “hey man how are you doing?”. Even guys from New Zealand like JJ and a bunch of others and young kids, I introduce myself, I tell them “whatever you need, just give me a call”. I exchange numbers, you know, we talk quite a bit, we go, we do some training together. It’s not a big deal, ey? This f***witt is kind of like ‘oh, I’m more than you.’ So he doesn’t care for me and I don’t care for him either.”
“I would be an idiot if I don’t respect what he did in the sport. He did a lot, ey? But these guys at the time, they had everything in their favor. Whether it was the best facilities, the best training camp, the best training partners, the best sponsors and stuff like that. So they started really good. They didn’t start like me, you know, work from eight to ten hours a day, and go to the gym and train myself. Like, that’s hard. They started up and him and Randy Couture, Matt Lindland and a bunch of others, they had a good team from the start. I wish I would have had that.”
So will Hendo retire after the fight?
“He’s always saying that,” said Lombard. “He always says the same thing. I know why he’s saying that, to not put pressure on himself. You know what I’m saying? Like, he’s been saying that since he fought Fedor. He was like ‘oh I’m about ready to retire, facing a legend like this, blah, blah, blah.’ When he knocked him out and then he’s like, ‘oh I’m not going anywhere.’ Then he lost a couple of fights and before fighting Tim Boetsch he goes, ‘oh you know, I think that’s it, blah blah blah.’ KO’s Tim Boetsch and he’s like, ‘Oh nah, I’m not going nowhere.'”
“I see myself beating him in a beautiful fashion. I’m gonna be fast, I’m gonna explosive. I don’t believe that my body is gonna be so tired and my body’s gonna give up on me in this fight, cause I only have to cut fifteen, twenty pounds. So that’s easy for me. I don’t believe that my body is going to give up on me again. So yeah. I’ll tell you, when my body’s functioning properly, I will be there like a pistol. You will see.”