Hector Lombard: Nick Diaz is 'running' away from me

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday night that UFC welterweight competitor Hector Lombard believes that Nick Diaz is “running” from a potential fight with him.

Hector Lombard is still after a marquee match-up against Nick Diaz.

The former Bellator middleweight champion made his opinion clear to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani, when he said that he felt that Diaz is "running" away from a potential fight against him.

The news was reported last night, where Ariel stated that Lombard is "very eager to fight Nick Diaz, but he's thinks Nick running from him, so he'd like to fight Patrick Cote. But Patrick has other plans and doesn't want to fight Hector."

Calling out Patrick Cote was an odd choice for Lombard, who is ranked No. 6 in the UFC's welterweight division, while Cote is not even in the Top 15.  It is unlikely to ever be scheduled, but that does not mean the Cuban native is anywhere closer to a bout against Diaz.

Nick had recently spoken out regarding the Lombard match-up and his interest in coming out of retirement for the right payday, but that he would not face Lombard, or anyone else, for anything less than $500,000.

"I never considered anything other than to renegotiate my contract or fight Johny Hendricks," Nick told MMAFighting when discussing White's offer of a fight with Hector Lombard. "All I said was, ‘What am I getting paid?' And he said, ‘Let me check your contract.' And the last text I got from him was what I would be fighting for.

"I didn't consider fighting for that kind of money. I didn't say anything back to him, right, but usually that means something. I'm not considering even for a second fighting any of those guys for less than $500,000. There's no way."

Lombard remains the only Top 8 competitor in the welterweight division who is injury-free and not booked for a fight. He is 3-2 since arriving in the UFC and is riding a two-fight winning streak with victories over Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields. His current limbo is surprising considering his position in the rankings, which is why he is keenly interested in getting on the UFC 175 fight card.

Whether "Lightning" will get his wish is yet to be seen.

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