Hector Lombard: Palhares using foot as an excuse
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): You put out a message a couple days ago asking for interviews ASAP. Was there a specific reason you wanted to talk to the media, like something you wanted to get off your chest?
Hector Lombard: I didn’t want to say anything but “Toquinho” has been saying he fought with a broken foot and I just wanted to tell him that he broke his foot in the fight, and that doesn’t count. If he went into the fight with a broken foot, that’s another thing, but he went to the fight healthy and he broke his foot in the fight and that doesn’t count. Sort of like if you get KO’d in a fight, that doesn’t count. Now if you go to the fight with a concussion, it counts, but if you get KO’d in the fight, it doesn’t count.
He went to the fight healthy and was kicking me and I checked all his kicks with my knee and he broke his foot. That’s why I wanted everybody to reach out to me because he didn’t enter the fight with a broken foot. He got injured during the fight.
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): This isn’t the first time Palhares has had excuses for his losses either. He claimed Nate Marquardt was greasing when he couldn’t get a good grip on his leg. Do you think he had trouble accepting defeat?
Hector Lombard: Yeah, everybody knows he was saying before this fight that the preparation for this fight was the best he ever had, that he was in the best shape of his life and there was no way he was going to lose this fight. Now he’s coming out with the excuses again.
When they asked me what my preparation was like before my last fight against Tim Boetsch, I said it was okay. I didn’t say I had the best preparation, the best training camp, I felt like I was in the best shape of my life, whatever. I just said I felt okay. He went ahead and was saying how good he was feeling, how good the energy was around him and stuff like that and now you see what he’s saying.