Hector Lombard Says Injury Affected Perfomance in UFC Debut VersusTim Boetsch
By FCF Staff
Hector Lombard did not have the kind of UFC debut many observers expected, and the former Bellator middleweight champ is citing an injured sternum as one of the reasons why. Lombard had his 25 fight undefeated streak snapped by middleweight contender Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 in July, who handed the renowned fighter a split decision loss.
Speaking via his official Facebook page recently, the 34 year-old Lombard posted:
I want to let all my fans know. I fought mu last fight injured. I wasn’t 100% sure but I when to the doctors… I have a fracture sternum with a torn cartilage, I got this injure in training for my fight with Tim Boetsch. I have to be out of training for 6 weeks, I should never have fought like that, but I didn’t want to let my fans and the UFC down, love you all.
After the bout, UFC President Dana White questioned whether the 5’9’tall Lombard should consider dropping down to welterweight, due in part to the depth of the promotion’s middleweight division.
Lombard (31-3), who has only lost one bout since 2006, has consistently dismissed the idea of cutting down from 185 pounds.