Lombard: MMA has become a joke

source: mmajunkie.com

"Look, let me tell you one thing: Even if I had to fight for peanuts in the UFC, I would," he said. "Is that good enough?"

A better question at this point is whether Lombard's contentment is lasting. Bringing up the subject of a previous loss, and the recent news that the man who gave it to him, Gegard Mousasi, is soon likely in the UFC, threatens his peace.

"The funny thing for me is this sport has become a joke," Lombard said. "And no disrespect, but it's become a joke with all these fighters trying to copy Chael Sonnen. OK, Chael was the original, right? It's good for him what he became with all his media trash, which I have respect for him, because he was the first person who came up with the idea. And now, what's this douchebag that's always talking s--- about me? Michael Bisping. He thinks that he's funny. Now, he's just copying him.

"I actually saw him at the elevator, and Michael Bisping has got the smallest hands I've ever seen in my life. He says I'm a midget. OK. Fair enough. But I squeeze his hand – I didn't want to shake his hand, but I said, I don't want to leave you like that because I have a little bit of education – and he was about to cry, so I let it go.

"But let's go back to what I was saying to you from before. Now, everyone has become a professional wrestler. It's just talk, talk, talk. Now, Mousasi says he never trained. Can you believe that? Is that a joke, or what? He used to train with Fedor (Emelianenko). He used to train with M-1. He went to train with [Georges St-Pierre]. Now, here we go, he comes back and says he never trained. I want to put my hands on him before I retire because I need to whoop that kid up."

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mac_timm site profile image  

12/15/12 10:43 PM by mac_timm

Besides GSP and Anderson Silva, check out the PPV numbers and see if there isn't a decline. I will agree that there are better athletes coming into the sport, but the number of cards have really over-saturated the market. I know a lot of people that will not pay $44.95 or more to see Rhonda Rousey vs Random Fighter X.

mikerobmma site profile image  

12/15/12 4:55 PM by mikerobmma

Compliment his *striking*Posting from the phone can be a pain.

mikerobmma site profile image  

12/15/12 4:54 PM by mikerobmma

Wow. You can tell who the fighters are around here. Be a part of it. Watch the athleticism improve. Watch the techniques adapt and change. Be a fighter trying to keep up with that change. Watch 20 year old kids who grew up striking AND grappling. Then try and tell me the sport is declining and cry about zuffa. Zuffa offers the chance to make an excellent living if you're fighting at the highest level. Potentially hundreds of thousands just for one fight. That means that all these guys are going to kill themselves in training to be the best, and get big money fighting. That means that guys will always seek ways to change, grow, and adapt. I just saw an undefeated flyweight KO someone with a hook kick recently. Plus the kid has great wrestling to compliment his striking. He's like 20 years old. These are the fighters being made now. You guys need to get a clue.

rowil site profile image  

12/15/12 2:27 PM by rowil

Firstly, in that quote your were criticising, Lombard wasn't talking about Mousasi, but some other, un-named fighter, whom he refused to fight against because he didn't agree with the conditions and the PRIDE officials lying to him apparently, according to his account of what happened.Secondly, clearly by "free fights" he didn't mean free as in "an opponent who's easily beat", but as in "no holds barred/anything goes".What he meant was, he was pissed off at PRIDE describing his proposed opponent as a rookie, when Lombard knew he was actually a veteran.

HenryO site profile image  

12/15/12 11:52 AM by HenryO

Ok bud. Lombard had a solid 4 years of softball fights.Im sure you can come and tell me how a green Te Huna, Alex Schlemnko and journeymen like Doerksen and Prangley are top competetion. But it isnt and for a fighter of Lombards ability his competition has been a joke

GrotesK site profile image  

12/15/12 8:05 AM by GrotesK

Rofl napoleon wasn't 5'3"

Lazer MMA site profile image  

12/15/12 7:59 AM by Lazer MMA

Correction not a 'real' fight. I meant a 'real big' fight

Strength site profile image  

12/15/12 7:55 AM by Strength

Correction: UFC has declinedIts zuffa who has lead to the sport declining

Lazer MMA site profile image  

12/15/12 7:31 AM by Lazer MMA

Bisping may well lose Vs another guy that has not won a real MMA fight forever soon.Lombard destroys them when 100 percent by brutal KO.

Lord Nitemare site profile image  

12/15/12 7:22 AM by Lord Nitemare

Great post.In the midst of all the horrible decisions, he has every right to make that claim. Because at the end of the day, MMA isnt going to become a main stream sport like this...to tell you thr truth it's slowly becoming more and more like pro wrestling.