MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White wants Cuban fighter Hector Lombard to move to the welterweight division after a disappointing debut against Tim Boetsch last weekend at UFC 149.
Lombard carried a 24-fight winning streak into his UFC debut, but lost via split decision against Boetsch. He failed to impress, fighting a cautious, measured fight that lacked fireworks.
"It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be," White admitted in the post-UFC 149 press conference.
"Whether it was Boetsch or Lombard winning, I was expecting a real war. I thought this thing was going to be a war," he added.
He suggested that Lombard should instead fight at the welterweight division.
"Lombard maybe should fight at 170. He made 185 easily. He's short and wide, but I think he could make 170," White said.
Lombard’s performance also showcased the difference between fighting in the UFC and fighting in other promotions, said White.
"You can't be angry with him, but it just shows you guys, ranking guys who don’t fight in the UFC – it's two different worlds," White said.
"Guys that fight in other organizations that end up in the top 10 rankings, it's a whole other world over here."
Lombard was considered as one of the top middleweights in the world and a potential challenger to UFC legend Anderson Silva, but given his lackluster debut, it is unlikely that he will get a shot at the champion.
He insists, however, that he has no plans of moving down in weight.
"I feel strong at 185," Lombard said on Twitter.