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Hector Lombard says move to Welterweight was the UFC's idea, not his

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UFC Middleweight-turned-Welterweight Hector Lombard appeared on the MMA Hour yesterday and credited the UFC with his change in divisions.

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Former Bellator Middleweight champ Hector Lombard is set to meet Nate Marquardt at Welterweight at UFC 166 in Houston in October. Lombard went 1-2 at 185 pounds in the UFC with two split decision losses marring his record. He told Ariel Helwani how his downshift in weight came about on yesterday's MMA Hour (transcribed by MMA Mania):

"That wasn't my plans, UFC wanted me to go to 170. They believe that I have, that I will perform better at 170 than 185. I have to do what the bosses say you know. Can't argue with the bosses. If it were up to me, I would have stayed at 185. I have to be disciplined and I have to do what they want me to do. I've been training hard and I think I will be able to make it and I will be able to perform better that way. They said I'm too short for 185 and I would be big at 170."

The 35-year-old Lombard is 32-4 overall in his MMA career.

Historically the UFC brass has denied telling fighters what weight at which to compete.