According to a report by Ariel Helwani on Tuesday's (June 18, 2013) edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, "Lightning" has formally announced that he will cut the additional 15 pounds from middleweight to compete at 170 pounds for the first time in his 38-fight career.
Lombard (32-4-1, 1 NC) said a few weeks back he would attempt a "test cut" to see if he could efficiently make welterweight with the help of nutrition guru Mike Dolce, and apparently that test went well enough to believe he can make it happen.
Lombard, who is reportedly currently tipping the scale at 190 pounds opposed to his usual 220, has fought his first three UFC bouts as a middleweight, failing to live up to expectations with a sub-par record (1-2).
The 35-year-old entered the UFC in July 2012 on a sensational 25-fight unbeaten streak, but has struggled against the physically larger opponents in the weight class such as Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami.
Helwani stated in his report that Lombard would like to return to the Octagon sometime in the fall, and managed to get a comment from Marquardt on the potential match up.
"Yeah, why not," he said.
It sounds like we might have ourselves a fight.