Matt Brown is currently ranked as the #5 welterweight in the UFC. Hector Lombard is #6. But in an interview with Submission Radio, Lombard said Brown is nothing special.
"I'm mostly disappointed about how much hype Matt Brown has," said Lombard as transcribed by MMAMania. "I mean, he's been fighting guys that, he never fought a top 10 guy. That's one.
"And who is Erick Silva? I mean like, that's ridiculous. I would like to fight this guy one day, and I'll prove a point. He has to go and fight a top 10 guy and go from there, because when you fight a guy like Erick Silva anybody can look good. I'd beat Erick Silva even better, even easier.
"You know it's something that is out of my control. But once again, I believe Matt Brown doesn't deserve none of that. I believe Matt Brown is just an average fighter.
"And, you know like, even Kim for example. Kim beat Matt Brown and he's behind. Actually Kim beat Matt Brown and he beat Erick Silva. He knocked him out, in Brazil, in his home town. So Kim is four times better than Matt Brown and four times better than Erick Silva and he is behind on the table, like when you're on the ranks. He's behind Matt Brown, when he beat Matt Brown. How's this guy supposed to feel?
"How am I supposed to feel when I beat two former Strikeforce champs? It doesn't make sense. He never beat any Strikeforce champions, he never beat any top 10 guys and he has all the hype. That's not very understandable. I don't understand that at all."
Robbie Lawler fights Matt Brown at San Jose at UFC on FOX 12 in July, with the winner getting a title shot at Johny Hendricks when he recovers from bicep surgery.
Hector Lombard fights #9 ranked Dong Hyun Kim at a UFC Fight Night in Macau on Aug. 23. Tyron Woodley fights Rory MacDonald fights at UFC 174 in Vancouver, BC on June 14th.
The winner of Woodley vs. MacDonald may get a title shot at the winner of Hendricks vs. Brown/Lawler, or maybe the the winner of Woodley vs. MacDonald gets the winner of Lombard vs. Kim, with the winner of that going on to a title shot.
In either case, Lombard is a ways off a title shot.
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