The return of Hector Lombard at UFC Brisbane
By Owen Phillips 23/2/16 News
UFC Brisbane is host to the return of Australian fan-favourite Hector Lombard as he continues his path to the title.
Hector ‘Showeather’ Lombard (34-4-1, 2NC) returns to competition at UFC Brisbane on March 20 (Australian time) and will bring his exciting style to the Queensland audience. He uses an excellent judo base to defend against takedowns to keep the fight standing and goes to work in that area which is his strength. His striking skills frequently deliver eye-catching knockouts.
Cuban-born Australian Lombard is scheduled to fight American Neil Magny (17-4). Magny has been one of the most frequent visitors to the octagon, making ten appearances in the last two years. This busy timetable been beneficial to Magny, as he has been successful in nine of the ten encounters.
Magny brings a 203cm (80 inch) reach to the UFC Brisbane fight and enjoys a reach advantage over most fighters. He is one of the few fighters who utilises this advantage and controls distance with an excellent jab and good foot movement.
Lombard has always been a feared striker with heavy hands. He has spent most of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career as a middleweight but the last couple of years he has found his natural weight class of welterweight. The muscle-bound Lombard has always had a difficult time cutting weight but now some lifestyle changes have made it easy to reach the 170 pound (77.1kg) limit.
Hector Lombard always loves coming back home to Australia from his training base at American Top Team gym. If he had his way he would fight on every Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event. The Australian fans certainly would not mind having him here as he puts his heart into winning in devastating fashion.
Lombard had his last fight on 3rd January 2015 against Joshua Burkman. He won decisively but that result was overturned to a ‘no contest’ after testing positive to a designer steroid, desoxymethyltestosterone. Since that time he has been on an extended break due to a one year suspension.
The UFC’s new association with the United States Anti-Doping Agency has introduced the strictest drug testing available in all of sports. Lombard’s positive test coincided with positive tests from other fighters, as UFC athletes adjust to the new rules for this organisation. These measures ensure more professionalism and safety in MMA.
Now that he has put the drug suspension behind him, Hector Lombard will be focused on entertaining the local fans and proving to the UFC that he is still a top contender capable of making a run at the welterweight title. UFC Brisbane, also known as UFC Fight Night 85 is being held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 20 in Australia and tickets are still available at ticketek.com.au.