Skidding Hector Lombard says fighting is No. 1 again ahead of UFC Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO – Hector Lombard believes he will finally turn his career around at UFC Fight Night 137.

Lombard (34-9-1 MMA, 3-7 UFC) enters Saturday’s matchup against Thales Leites (27-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) on a six-fight winless skid. He hasn’t had his hand raised in more than four years and likely will be fighting for his UFC career when he enters the octagon Saturday.

At 40, the need for Lombard to put his career back in a positive place is immense, and he’s confident it’s going to happen. Lombard admits he hasn’t been in a good place mentally in recent years, and although he wouldn’t express exactly why, he said things are different going into this fight.

“The past fights, a lot was going on,” Lombard told MMAjunkie. “Fighting for me was like – it wasn’t the No. 1. So much was going on fighting was the second, it wasn’t the first. I tried to get back in and have it be like it was before. Fighting is No. 1.”

UFC Fight Night 137 takes place Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The middleweight bout between Lombard and Leites streams on UFC Fight Pass prior to the televised prelims on FS2 and the main card on FS1.

Lombard said that in recent years he was fighting only for money and was “taking it as a payday.” He claims his passion has been renewed, though, and he attributes it to a change in scenery ahead of UFC Fight Night 137.

Although he’s long been associated with Florida’s American Top Team, Lombard shifted his training camp to Sweden for the matchup with Leites. He was worked closely alongside the likes of Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa and Ilir Latifi and said those top names have helped sharpen his weapons.

Lombard may feel good, but a winning result is crucial for him. Going seven consecutive UFC fights without a win is almost unheard of, but Lombard said he’s not fretting about it. He’s going for the victory, however, if it happens to go the other way, he said there’s no plans to hang up his gloves.

“When the time comes I feel like I don’t have the energy, I feel weak, I feel like my body isn’t moving the way it’s supposed to move, I will call it a day,” Lombard said. “I feel good, I feel strong. The age I don’t think is something I have to worry about. I have to worry about how my body is, how my conditioning is. I don’t have to think about retirement yet.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 137, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

View full post on MMAjunkie

, , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.

© 1992-2018 DC2NET™, Inc. All Rights Reserved