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Hector Lombard welterweight cut 'official,' calls out Nate Marquardt for divisional debut

Former Bellator MMA champion Hector Lombard has struggled in his UFC stint thus far, and it appears he feels a change of scenery is necessary as the 35-year-old will reportedly look for a fresh start with a drop to the welterweight division later this year.

Matt Roberts

Hector Lombard has teased a drop to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division in recent weeks, and now the switch in weight class is official.

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.

The former Bellator MMA champion already knows who he would like to fight in his first bout in the weight class, too, and that man is former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

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.

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