Lombard concerned about potential release

Friday, March 01, 2013

MMAJunkie’s Steven Marrocco profiles Hector Lombard, ahead of his fight with Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL 8 Saturday night.

“He’s extremely strong, and he has a long reach,” said Lombard. “…He’s going to come and hug me. I don’t want to be hugged, so I’ve got to punch him.”

Lombard wants to beat Okami, and then hopes for a fight with Michael Bisping, who he will be rooting for when “The Count” fights Alan Belcher at UFC 159 in April.

“I hope he wins,” said Lombard. “Because he sucks.”

Although an Olympic level Judoka, Lombard above all else wants to be exciting. And he fears Okami may push him up against a fence, and smother the heat from the fight.

“I did judo, yes, but I like more real fighting,” said Lombard. “I like to be an MMA fighter. A person that I always wanted to be was exciting and be the guy that people like to see because he punches, not go and grapple people.”

Should Okami smother him against the cage, Lombard’s concerned he might “become boring, and then get cut because you’re boring.”

“I don’t want to do that. I want to go out there and punch him and be exciting.”

“I don’t care if I get KOd. I just want to punch him left and right.”

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