Hector Lombard was disqualified for hitting C.B. Dollaway with a late one-two combination this past weekend at UFC 222, but the former Bellator middleweight champion insists it wasn’t intentional and believes ‘The Doberman’ was looking for an easy way out.
Dollaway, who had to be stretchered from the Octagon, believes Lombard landed with intent and says the Cuban has a reputation for being a ‘dirty fighter’ in training.
“The first [shot] I can kind of see as being a reaction but the second shot, I believe in my mind was on purpose,” Dollaway said on FOX Sports: Procast, per BJPenn.com’s Drake Riggs.
"I don't think it was accidental, I think that's just who he is."@CBDollaway doesn't hold back on his views regarding @HectorLombard and their fight at #UFC222. So....rematch? (via @procast) pic.twitter.com/dmOQvAsMbv— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) March 7, 2018
“Heard through the grapevine, a lot of people say he’s a dirty fighter. I don’t think it was accidental, I think that’s just kind of who he is.”
Lombard, 40, tested positive for steroids in 2015 and was suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). The American Top Team product is on a five-fight losing streak and would like a rematch with Dollaway.
Dollaway, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 7, is open to the idea of a rematch but isn’t sure if Lombard will be able to keep his spot on the UFC roster.
“As far as what the future holds for me and Hector [Lombard], I’m going to see what the UFC wants to do. I’ve heard mention they might be getting rid of him, they might keep him. So whatever they decide, ultimately they’re the ones that make the decisions but if they want to run it back then we’re open to it.”
Dollaway has been inactive in recent years after suffering a back injury in a malfunctioning elevator at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The 34-year-old is 2-3 in his last five fights and is still ranked outside of the top-fifteen UFC middleweight rankings.