Hector Lombard To Work With Mike Dolce, Considering Drop To Welterweight


Former Bellator Champion Hector Lombard has not made a fantastic start in the UFC. The Cuban knockout artist has racked up a 1-2 record in the company. Last seen in action losing a uNanimous decision to Yushin Okami at UFC On Fuel in March, Lombard is in a do or die situation right now.

His sole win in the UFC comes via a knockout of Rousimar ‘Paul Harris’ Palhares last December, and anything short of a win in his next fight will almost certainly spell disaster for Lombard. So what’s next for Lombard? Well, according to Ariel Helwani, Lombard is actually planning a drop to welterweight:

“I spoke to Lombard today and he’s about to work with Mike (Dolce) because he wants to get leaner,” Helwani said. “He walks around at 205 and he feels that at his height, it’s not really at his best interest to be fighting at 185. He knows the UFC wants him to go down.”

“First thing’s first, he needs to have nose surgery. He broke his nose fighting Yushin Okami so the surgery is coming up next for him — hopefully next week. After that, he’s going to focus on that cut down to 170.”

So with ‘Lightning’ eying a move to 170, what will this mean? Well, if Lombard can put a good run together, he may stand a chance at 170lbs. He is a fast power puncher at middleweight, if he can bring that power to the welterweight division he could really do some damage.

At 35 years old this could be Lombard’s last shot at the big time, if he can make the cut and knockout some good competition do you think he could challenge any of the top five at WW right now?

  • Sometimes these fighters just need to listen to the fans, i dont know how many of us have been voicing this idea of Lombard dropping to WW

  • This could be a great move, just as helpful as it was more Damian Maia's career

  • If this happens, 170 is on its way to being the new 155, with basically two people for every top ten spot. Do it, Lombard.

  • Welter-Weight? Can he even do it, given his frame?

    A 185 fighter I'd like to see drop down, if it was possible…Michal Bisping.

    • He could do it, he is only 5'8 he just needs to get his muscle in check

      • he is short but hes got a naturally big frame have you seen the size of his legs, he reminds me of fighters like pat barry who arent high in body fat but have that frame where they would end up really dehydrating themselves dropping down.
        i hope he can get down to ww but its oging to be hard for him to drop 35 pounds

    • I'm sure dropping some of that muscle would be easier than keeping it on. Just cut out the weights from his training, tone down the roids a bit and boom we got a scary dude at 170.

  • I prefer lombard stay where he is. It will be draining for him cutting weight

  • I also like Lombard at 185.
    i think he should just switch camps.ATT *****

  • One thing to consider: He's way more bulked up than Maia. I don't get it why guys go for the fast approch while descending to a lower weight class. Why not smarter, like solemly focusing on cardio while loosing that extra muscle mass over time?

    No, they go for the short cut, who the f*ck needs kidneys anyways. IMO those extreme diets also make you more prone to injuries. The Dolce diet means you loose a lot of water and dehydrate on top of that as much as possible, which will rather weaken you the more muscles you carry around.

    Smart going for a weight class tranistion, but weak doing it with this method.