That fight that I just fought, I kind of took it too early. I was fighting a number of injuries. I don't want to make any excuses, but he caught me with an elbow as I was just finding my groove. ... You know Hector Lombard has been talking a lot about me. So I don't mind fighting him. I know he's upset about what I said about him. I didn't want to disrespect him at all. That's just how I felt before I was asked those questions. I didn't want to disrespect him. He's a very good fighter, but if he wants to go, we can go.
-- Before July 11, 2012, Mark Munoz was the number three ranked middleweight in the world and one win away from a title shot against division king Anderson Silva. Then he ran into Chris Weidman and was blown out of the Octagon, landing one strike in just over one round of action en route to a technical knockout loss. He tells BJPenn.com (via Bloody Elbow) he was finding his groove just before getting finished but no matter now, it's time to look forward. And for "The Filipino Wrecking Machine," that could very well be a fight against Hector Lombard, who called him out after hearing comments Munoz made regarding "Lightning's" record outside the UFC. The bout makes sense now that both men are coming off a loss and hoping to reestablish themselves among the upper echelon at 185-pounds. You Maniacs up for it?