The former Bellator Middleweight champion initially had his eyes set on a potential clash with the resurgent Brown, but was later slotted in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Macau against Dong Hyun Kim. While Lombard believes that Kim is a tougher match-up and a more talented competitor, he would have enjoyed the opportunity to derail Brown's hype train.
"You know it's something that is out of my control," Lombard told Submission Radio. "But once again, I believe Matt Brown doesn't deserve none of that. I believe Matt Brown is just an average fighter. And, you know like, even Kim (Dong Hyun) for example. Kim beat Matt Brown and he's behind. Actually Kim beat Matt Brown and he beat Erick Silva. He knocked him out, in Brazil, in his home town. So Kim is four times better than Matt Brown and four times better than Erick Silva and he is behind on the table, like when you're on the ranks. He's behind Matt Brown, when he beat Matt Brown. How's this guy supposed to feel? How am I supposed to feel when I beat two former Strikeforce champs. It doesn't make sense."
Lombard's issue with Brown is primarily his hype, which the Cuban native considers to be unwarranted considering he has never beaten a Top 10 competitor.
"I'm mostly disappointed about how much hype Matt Brown has. I mean, he's been fighting guys that, he never fought a top 10 guy. That's one. And who is Erick Silva? I mean like, that's ridiculous. He has to go and fight a top ten guy and go from there, because when you fight a guy like Erick Silva anybody can look good. I'd beat Erick Silva even better, even easier.
"He never beat any Strikeforce champions, he never beat any top 10 guys and he has all the hype. That's (not) very understandable. I don't understand that at all."
Lombard also made it clear that he is still interested in a fight against "The Immortal," as he has a point to prove against him.
"I would like to fight this guy one day, and I'll prove a point."