Don't be surprised to see Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights dropping down to 155 pounds in record numbers.
Just ask Nate Marquardt.
"Lightning" demolished "The Great" as part of the UFC 166 event earlier this month in Houston, Texas (details). While he's not fully abandoned his post at 185 pounds, the former Bellator champion still has some work to do at welterweight, starting with the division's former interim kingpin:
"I think that Carlos Condit is high ranked, right? Okay, I'll take Carlos Condit. My style of fighting has nothing to do with judo. I love judo, and I'm always going to love judo, and I'm always gonna be calling myself a judo player. I trained that sport for seven years. I went everywhere in judo and I competed at the highest level. But, I don't use judo at all. I knock people out. I like to be exciting. That was my goal a long time ago, I want to be exciting, and I want the people to want to watch me fight. Unfortunately judo is not as exciting as MMA. So I tried to develop a style where [people] would come see me fight. So I started training stand-up, and I got myself an instructor. That's how I like to fight, I don't like to grapple. I like to stand up. If somebody has to get KOed, somebody has to go out."
Lombard says he would also accept a fight against top-10 welterweight Martin Kampmann.
Condit returned to the win column back in August by planishing "The Hitman" on FOX Sports 1. "The Natural Born Killer" is currently scheduled to throw down against Matt Brown as part of the UFC on FOX 9 main card later this year in Sacramento, California.
After that? Too soon to tell, but it sounds like he already has a target on his back.
Lombard vs. Condit ... who wins?