Side-by-side pic: UFC 166's Hector Lombard at Welterweight vs 'Lightning' at Middleweight

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Hector Lombard makes his Welterweight divisional debut tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 19, 2013), on the UFC 166 "Prelims" under card, facing Nate Marquardt. Let's compare how he looks in his new class to how he looked at Middleweight in his last bout.

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You know what they say, "if at first you don't succeed, change weight classes."

After dropping a split decision to Yushin Okami at UFC on Fuel TV 8: "Silva vs. Stann," the mixed martial arts (MMA) career of Hector Lombard was at a crossroads. He was brought into Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as the dominant Bellator Middleweight champion. It was expected that he'd continue his winning ways and he would eventually challenge for the title.

However, after going 1-2 in the Octagon at 185 pounds, Lombard has decided to reinvent himself at Welterweight. In an appearance on "The MMA Hour," Lombard confirmed that the decision to change weight classes was the UFC's and not his own.

At UFC 166 weigh in earlier today (official results here), Lombard hit the scales and successfully made weight. He looked lean and maybe a little sucked out in the cheeks. Makes sense as new broke this week that it was going to be a rough weight cut.

Lombard was supposed to debut at 170 pounds back in 2007 to take on Karo Parisyan in a UFC match; however, "Shango" -- a Cuban-born naturalized citizen of Australia -- was forced off the card due to visa issues.

The drop could prove beneficial to his gas tank as he won't be carrying around so much muscle mass. He faces Nate Marquardt on the "Prelims" under card of the pay-per-view (PPV) event.

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