At least for now, it looks like Hector Lombard isn't going to get the welterweight fight he wanted. The former Bellator 185-pound champion had been calling out Matt Brown on social media in hopes of snagging a fight with him, but the UFC has gone in another direction and booked him against Dong Hyun Kim on a UFC Fight Night card in Macau, China on August 23rd. UFC Tonight reported the news.
Lombard (34-4-1, 1 NC) is coming off a dominating win over Jake Shields at UFC 171 and is 2-0 overall at welterweight. Kim (19-2-1, 1 NC) has won four in a row with the last two coming by knockout. The South Korean fighter has won 10 out of his 13 UFC bouts to date.
The fight is obviously pretty important for the welterweight division, but UFC Tonight also reported that it might not be the main event. What they could be cooking up for a headliner remains to be seen, but I'd actually disappointed if Lombard vs. Kim was only a three round fight.