Hector Lombard Says He Wants a Title Shot After Beating Jake Shields
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.19.2014
He thinks he did well enough...
Hector Lombard recently spoke with MMAjunkie about wanting a shot against Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight title. Check out the highlights:
On his plans to make his case for a title shot: "I want to get busy, and I want to work hard this year. I don't have that many years left."
On Robbie Lawler: "I love Robbie. He's a great guy; I have a lot of respect for him. But he doesn't have [the title], so I've got to go for it. I've been representing American Top Team for six years; I'm one of the oldest in there, and fighting at the highest level. So I don't have to let anybody scream, ‘I need the title,' and I've got to sit back and be quiet. That doesn't have to happen."
On other potential contenders: "[Dong Hyun Kim] lost convincingly to Demian Maia, and Demian Maia looks horrible. He got dominated in Brazil by Jake Shields. Tyron is my teammate, but look at the guys that I beat. I beat two guys that beat him. Rory MacDonald, he lost against Lawler, and before that fight, it was an extremely boring fight. But because he is Rory, no one says anything about it. If that would have been me, I would have been fired from the UFC. But because it's him, it's a different story. And then he goes and he loses the fight against (Robbie Lawler), and then he beats Demian Maia, who just came from a guy that I beat. My name is never in the picture."
On criticism of his fight with Shields: "That's the story of my life. I don't know what the reason is, but since I started my career, they always criticize me. I dominate a guy, and I believe it was a beautiful performance. Fighting a guy like Jake Shields is very awkward and dangerous, as well. It means a lot to me, and it means a lot to dominate a guy like Jake Shields."
On Shields: "He always waits for the guys to get greedy, and when guys start throwing punches at him, he goes for the double-leg. And trust me, I know Jake is very, very heavy on top. People were telling me, ‘Please don't let this guy get on top of you, because if he gets on top of you, he's extremely heavy.' So I didn't want to create openings and get greedy with my striking, because when you go for the KO, you open yourself, and that's when he finds openings and take you down. People don't understand that. I'm glad that Dana White said it the way it is. He saw that it was a good fight, and he saw that I dominated a guy in every single area, which shut a lot of people's mouths. But he said people are going to hate on me, so there's nothing I can do about it."
On hoping that he is considered for a shot: "I think they have to be fair. It's a lot of unfairness in the sport, and I really need them to give me a chance, because there's a lot of hate for me."