Hector Lombard made his long awaited UFC debut last month in Calgary against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 and was defeated by split decision.
The former Bellator middleweight champion has been quiet since the fight, but released a statement on his Facebook page yesterday.
Lombard wrote on Facebook that he had injuries heading into his fight with Boetsch and he should not have fought with the injuries.
“I want to let all my fans know. I fought my last fight injured,” Lombard wrote on Facebook. “I wasn’t 100% sure but i when to the doctors. I have a fracture sternum with a torn cartilage. I got this injured in training for my fight with Tim Boetsch. I have to be out of training for 6 weeks. I should never have fought like that, but i didn’t want to let my fans and the UFC down, love you all.”
If Lombard would have defeated Boetsch last month, he would have likely earned a title shot against current middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
The performance by the fighter was disappointing and UFC President Dana White said that maybe Lombard needed to move down to the welterweight division.
After finding out about the comments of White, Lombard went to his Twitter to react. “I feel strong at 185,” Lombard wrote. “Just because I had a bad fight does not mean that I am going to drop to 170.”
The UFC has not announced who Lombard will take on next, but he had mentioned before his fight with Boetsch that he wanted his next fight to be against Mark Munoz. With both fighters losing their last fight, that is a matchup that UFC match maker Joe Silva may put together.