Since the welterweight division’s two top competitors are scheduled to meet sometime in 2015, the remainder of the 170lb. division is left to sift through themselves in the hopes of stumbling into a coveted spot awaiting a title shot.
Hector Lombard is one of those fighters.
The former Bellator middleweight champion revealed on UFC Tonight that he was interested in facing the winner between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine. Considering he holds three victories in the UFC, including two consecutive wins over Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields respectively, Lombard believes that would be a pivotal match to determine a new No. 1 contender in the division.
Lombard also mentioned that he had suffered a cervical herniated disc that was pinching one of his nerves, but that he would not require surgery to heal.
MacDonald and Saffiedine will meet in the main event of the UFC’s inaugural event in Halifax, which takes place on Oct. 4. MacDonald, who is ranked at No. 2 in the rankings, is coming off a victory over Tyron Woodley in his last octagon outing, while Saffiedine, No. 10 in the rankings, has been sidelined since a January win against Hyun Gyu Lim.
UFC Fight Night: Halifax is scheduled to take place Oct. 4 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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