Hector Lombard's new UFC game plan: Beat Boetsch, fight 'complainers,' go for title
SUNRISE, Fla. – Hector Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is understandably disappointed about swapping a headliner with Brian Stann for a main-card fight with Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
"But it's not the end of the world," Lombard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
Give him a fight with Michael Bisping after he presumably beats Boetsch, and he'll be a happy man, he said.
"There are complainers out there, like Bisping," Lombard said. "He's not happy that I'm getting the title shot. So I need to fight all these complainers first."
Lombard hasn't been told whether his fight with Boetsch, which now takes place July 21 at UFC 149, still has title implications, as did his fight with fight Stann at UFC on FOX 4. But his goals have changed since he signed with the UFC.
Lombard said he'd now rather fight Bisping before fighting middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
"[Bisping] went ahead and he started talking bad about me on the Internet that I would get a title shot," he said. "Stuff like that bothers me. I never talk bad about any fighter.
"He had his chances before, and he lost the fights. They've been giving him a lot of opportunities, and he loses the fights."
Bisping was actually the first opponent Lombard requested after inking his contract, but the Brit wasn't available at the time. Instead, the promotion gave him the popular Stann, whose standup-heavy style offered an exciting match.