Hector Lombard baffled by UFC rankings, says Dong Hyun Kim 'four times better' than Matt Brown

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

"Lightning" showing a little love for his Korean counterpart.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Dong Hyun Kim -- who holds a win over Matt Brown -- is 19-2 overall, has won four in a row, and is coming off back-to-back knockout victories.

He's currently ranked four spots behind "The Immortal."

Heck, he's even ranked behind Jake Ellenberger, who is 2-3 over his last five with two knockout losses. That's the kind of thing that Hector Lombard doesn't understand. "Lightning" is holding steady at No. 6 -- one spot behind Brown -- in the official UFC rankings (see them here).

From his conversation with Submission Radio:

"I'm mostly disappointed about how much hype Matt Brown has. I mean, he's been fighting guys that, he never fought a top 10 guy. That's one. And who is Erick Silva? I mean like, that's ridiculous. I would like to fight this guy one day, and I'll prove a point. He has to go and fight a top 10 guy and go from there, because when you fight a guy like Erick Silva anybody can look good. I'd beat Erick Silva even better, even easier. You know it's something that is out of my control. But once again, I believe Matt Brown doesn't deserve none of that. I believe Matt Brown is just an average fighter. And, you know like, even (Dong Hyun) Kim for example. Kim beat Matt Brown and he's behind. Actually Kim beat Matt Brown and he beat Erick Silva. He knocked him out, in Brazil, in his home town. So Kim is four times better than Matt Brown and four times better than Erick Silva and he is behind on the table, like when you're on the ranks. He's behind Matt Brown, when he beat Matt Brown. How's this guy supposed to feel? How am I supposed to feel when I beat two former Strikeforce champs? It doesn't make sense. He never beat any Strikeforce champions, he never beat any top 10 guys and he has all the hype. That's (not) very understandable. I don't understand that at all."

Brown will have a chance to justify that hype when he collides with No. 1-ranked Robbie Lawler at the UFC on FOX 12 event this July (more on that here).

So too, will Lombard (sort of), as he's been paired off with Kim at the upcoming "Fight Night" event on Aug. 23 in Macau (details). A win won't get him a title shot because that spot is reserved for the winner of Lawler vs. Brown, but it will at least keep him in the discussion.

One he's still trying to understand.

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