Following an uninspired performance against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, â€œfansâ€ took to the web to chastise the powerful Cuban. Among chief complaints â€“ aside from the obvious passivity showcased â€“ was the idea that â€œLightningâ€ was simply too small to compete at 185 pounds.
Lombard however, doesnâ€™t feel that_s an adequate assessment. The UFC first-timer took to his personal twitter page to confront naysayers, stating, â€œI feel strong at 185 (pounds). Just because I had a bad fight does not mean that I am going to drop to 170.â€
In all honesty, I find it hard to disagree with the man. He was clearly outsized by Boetsch, however â€œThe Barbarian is an enormous 185 pound competitor. Not only that, but Lombard had little problems defending against Boetschâ€™s offensive wrestling, landed the harder strikes, and even secured a few takedowns of his own.
That doesnâ€™t sound like a man physically incapable of competing at middleweight. In fact, for a fighter with a relatively small frame, Lombard seems capable of handling himself really quite well. I suppose a second fight inside the UFCâ€™s middleweight division may provide a clearer idea of precisely where â€œLightingâ€ truly belongs.
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