Following UFC 149, UFC President Dana White talked about the UFC debut of former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard and mentioned that maybe the fighter should move down to the welterweight division.
Lombard entered UFC 149 on a 25 fight unbeaten streak and was defeated by Tim Boetsch by split decision this past Saturday night in Calgary.
The last time that Lombard lost was back in 2006, when he was defeated by Gegard Mousasi by decision in Pride.
The former Bellator champion went to his Twitter to say that he has no plans to move from the middleweight division to the welterweight division.
I feel strong at 185 just because I had a bad fight does not mean that I am going to drop to 170
— Hector Lombard (@HectorLombard) July 23, 2012
If Lombard would have defeated Boetsch and was dominate, it’s likely that he would have received a title shot against Anderson Silva. White would not commit on who would be the next challenger for Silva for the middleweight title, but it appears that Chris Weidman is the leading candidate to be the next challenger for the Brazilian.