Hector Lombard's middleweight run in the UFC left plenty to be desired. Brought in as a feared KO artist, the ex-Bellator kingpin went just 1-2 in his first 3 fights, and was instantly up for discussion as a UFC "bust" given the hype and his high salary. A drop to welterweight has re-ignited interest in Lombard, who destroyed Nate Marquardt at UFC 166 in October. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Lombard discussed (among several topics) an interest in fighting top 10 ranked Jake Shields:
"I think he's been so boring and me always trying for the KO, it's going to be exciting," Lombard (33-4-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) said. "He'll make it boring, or I'm going to end up knocking him out. It's going to be one or another."
Shields (29-6-1, 1 NC) has won 3 in a row at welterweight, including a split decision over Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil. He doesn't have a fight lined up as of this writing but is definitely back "in the mix" after his own 1-2 start in the UFC.
The 35-year-old Lombard also talked about champion Georges St-Pierre's admitted fear of being abducted by aliens, calling the whole thing "stupid".
"He's so scared of aliens coming up and taking him," Lombard told MMAjunkie. "You have to be really messed up to think about all that stuff. Like honestly, I have a lot of respect for him and the stuff he's done for the sport, but how can you think about an alien coming and going to take you? Are you kidding me or what? It's stupid."
St-Pierre's future in the sport is in doubt following a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. He's taking some time off from the fight game and that could leave the UFC in a potential situation where the belt is either shelved for an extended period of time or he'll vacate it. There's been much discussion over what he is and isn't obligated to do for the UFC and the fans of the sport, but Lombard feels that GSP should be free to do whatever he wants:
"Up to this point, [St-Pierre] can do whatever he wants," Lombard said. "He's done a lot for the sport. There's no point for me to go and criticize the man. What I do know is that I have to win my next fight and go from there."
Of course, if the belt is vacated (or an interim belt is created) then Lombard will likely find himself right in the midst of the title scene with another impressive win. The question is - Should Lombard fight Jake Shields next?