Lombard Off To Welterweight / Paul Kelly Off To Jail

Posted on June 23, 2013, 07:55 PM by Brian Cox
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If the 170 pound division in the UFC wasn’t already a tough and scary place, it’s about to become a whole lot tougher and whole lot scarier. Hector Lombard has made it official, he is moving to welterweight.

The 35 year old and 1 & 2 UFC middleweight fighter, has confirmed that his next fight will be at welterweight and he's hoping that his first opponent will be Nate Marquardt.

“Lightning” is making the move down to 170 not because he felt he needed to, but rather and because he felt the UFC brass wanted him to.

In making the move down to welterweight Lombard has carved (nearly) 30 pounds from his stocky 5’9” frame and is now a considerably more diminutive 192 pounds. The former Olympian and Bellator middleweight champion has been able to drop the weight through a combination of diet and walking / running (up to 12 miles a day) and feels “confident that he can make the (170) weight” come weigh-in day.

On a more somber note, former (British) UFC fighter Paul Kelly is off to jail. Kelly has been sentenced to a (stiff) 13 year jail sentence for his “master mind” role in trafficking heroin. However and as was pointed out on “Fight News Now Extra”, it is believed that he could well do only 6 of those years.

On the subject of Kelly, John Ramdeen raised an interesting question and one which many UFC fans have often wondered about and that is this, “are UFC fighters paid enough?” As Ramdeen mused, “Tellys”, who fought for the UFC for 3 years (2008 -2011) and exited the promotion with a record of 5 & 4, “should be able to walk away from the organization after competing that many times with some sort of…” it was at this point that John Pollock and Robin Black started laughing and Ramdeen’s question was summarily dismissed. The general consensus between the two (Pollock & Black) being that regardless of pay, “guys I had to traffic this heroin”, is not an acceptable methodology for putting food on the table.

So, are you happy to see Lombard in the welterweight division and do you think he’ll be successful?

Also, what do you think of Ramdeen’s question, are UFC fighters paid enough?

 


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  • IGMBurninPiff
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    Lombard at 170 is going to be a force, the problem with moving from MW is if you move up or down you're facing a better overall division. He's going to have some serious advantages when he's matched against most WW's unless the cut damages his cardio. Either way the top of the WW division is going to still be able to handle him. I'd love to watch him fight GSP at some point though.

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  • Anwargoku
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    Name one fighter that dropped weight and was successful!?
    Brandon Vera?
    Franky Edgard?
    Wanderlei silva?
    Fedor? (against Hendo)
    Volkman?
    Brian Stann?
    Mark Munoz?
    Kenny florian?
    Diego sanchez?

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  • dana&patrick; star are 1 person
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    lombard will definitely dominate the welterweight division, i think he could warm up by taking josh coschek. Or maybe nick diaz, hopefully paul kelly will be a succeful fighter inside the jail.

    Reply 10 months ago
  • Entity
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    Nate Diaz did far better after he dropped weight. Did you see him get rag dolled by Rory at WW?

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  • TheRealDeal
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    Didn't drop, he went back to his normal fighting weight, DERRRR.

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  • TheRealDeal
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    After he went UP, double DERRRRR.

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  • Entity
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    He still came back down to LW and did well. You sir are a doosh

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  • JTalbain
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    BJ Penn. Demian Maia. Tim Boetsch. Just to name a few off the top of my head.

    Also, which weight drop were you talking about for Florian? He's fought from Middleweight all the way down to Featherweight, but by far had his best success at Lightweight. At Lightweight, he went 9-3, got 5 "of the Night" bonuses and challenged for the title twice. In fact, every one of his losses came from either a title shot or a number one contender fight, so he was only losing to the absolute best in the division. Is that not successful to you?

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  • TheRealDeal
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    Who is Franky Edgard?

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  • dropkickmurphy
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    Damien Maia, BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar(All losses at lower weights were against two fighters Aldo and Henderson. Vitor Belfort has only lost to Silva at 185. Florian was only finished by Penn, and lost to Aldo(who hasn't) and Maynard.

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  • falcon4917
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    Damien Maia, Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson, and in reality most of the champs are oversized in their divisions.

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  • 51JD51
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    How about Bisping, TJ Grant and Demetrious Johnson. Should more people keep thinking of fighters who have had success dropping weight classes or do u feel sufficiently dumb yet?

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  • Entity
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    Interesting....not Paul Kelly, but Lombard. I think Lombard in a division more suited to his height, might play a big factor. We'll see.

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  • jmedno5891
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    That's a lot of muscle Lombard is going to have to lose. The guy was already ripped to begin with so I can't imagine he'll be doing a water weight cut.

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  • TheRealDeal
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    Paul Kelly is a loser. I hope he gets man-holed on a daily basis by strapping disease-ridden men.

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  • Entity
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    Have to admit, you have a f&^ked up attitude.

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  • GianGiacommo G
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    Lombard needs to work on his footwork,twerk,twerk,twerk! Who are these 3 bozos?

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  • thexperience1
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    Lombard is gonna be FAST at WW and still very powerful... this is gonna be interesting!

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  • falcon4917
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    Yes he will be very quick I imagine considering his speed at 185. I am interested to see how it turns out.

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  • Brian Cox
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    I agree with you and Falcon. I think Lombard @ 170 could be a major league drag for some people out there in the division. He's a real slugger, he can put people down and he might prove to be a tough TD for the wrestling crew.

    On his feet, he'll get noticed @ 170.

    I think he'll do well.

    Reply 10 months ago