Hector Lombard announces return to middleweight after UFC Fight Night 85 loss to Neil Magny

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Hector Lombard (photo credit Matt Roberts © USA Today Sports)

Hector Lombard is on his way back to middleweight.

The former Bellator Middleweight Champion was defeated by Neil Magny last weekend at UFC Fight Night 85, and in a post to Instagram this weekend he said the weight cut has gotten to be too much for him.

“I left everything that I had in my last fight,” Lombard wrote. “I asked my body to perform, but I got no reply. When your body says no and stops functioning there is nothing you can do about it.

“I’m very happy to be back fighting at my original weight 185 [lbs]. Now with no IV allowed, I will be able to fight in a healthier weight for me.”

Lombard’s welterweight run ends in a 2-1 record with one no contest due to his failed 2015 drug test for steroids out of a win over Josh Burkman.

Penick’s Analysis: Any fighter experiencing serious issues after weight cutting shouldn’t be cutting that much weight, so it’s the right move for Lombard in that regard. He was never a big middleweight, but he’ll have a better chance of fighting more effectively if his body’s not drained by that much of a cut. It’s not safe for fighters to be cutting so much weight that their bodies shut down on them, so for Lombard’s sake hopefully he’s able to compete at a higher level moving back on up.

[Photo (c) Matt Roberts via USA Today Sports]

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