Hector Lombard admits he had a bad fight against Tim Boetsch, is not considering a drop to 170

Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Hector Lombard during the middleweight bout of UFC 149 against Tim Boetsch (not pictured) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Practically no one had a more hyped UFC debut than former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard last Saturday night (July 21, 2012) in the co-main event of UFC 149.

That's what made the fight against Tim Boetsch, which turned into a very cerebral and dull affair, so frustrating.

The compact striker/judoka's performance was so boring and inactive that UFC President Dana White quickly went from hailing Lombard as a potential title contender for Anderson Silva to stating that "Lightning" should actually drop to 170 pounds following his horrendous debut.

While some fighters would be swayed by the most powerful man in the promotion calling them out, Hector Lombard is not one of them.

The knockout artist took to Twitter earlier today amid reports that White asked him to go to 170 pounds. Known as a pretty stubborn individual, Lombard stayed true to his personality in his response.

"I feel strong at 185 just because I had a bad fight does not mean that I am going to drop to 170"

Lombard entered the UFC on a huge wave of hype following a 25 fight unbeaten streak and a three year reign as Bellator's middleweight champion which included title and non-title victories over the likes of Alexander Shlemenko, Trevor Prangley and Jesse Taylor.

Against Boetsch, he decided that standing in the cage center with little to no footwork and hardly throwing any strikes would be a great way to win his UFC debut and impress the fans who had paid for tickets at the event or bought the pay-per-view, contributing to one of the most boring main cards of all time.

At 5'9, there are bantamweights taller than Lombard, so it doesn't seem like a drop to welterweight would be asking him to destroy his body or anything.

What do you think he should do?

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