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It’s Cool, Hector Lombard Was Just Injured During his Loss to Tim Boetsch

“What’s that screeching noise? Sounds like a train coming to a sudden halt…”

Remember when we all thought that Hector Lombard was the X factor of the UFC middleweight division? And we pegged the middleweight who hadn’t lost a fight since 2006 a 4-1 favorite to wallop Tim Boetsch at UFC 149? And we thought he would go on to give Anderson Silva his toughest test to date? Oh man, those were some good times, right?

As far as Hector Lombard is concerned, not so fast. Three weeks after his dreadful performance at UFC 149, the Cuban middleweight has released a statement on his Facebook page. Presumably after meeting with his social media consultant, Tito Ortiz, Lombard claims that he was just too damn injured to have been fighting, bro. I know, put on your shocked faces.

Via His Official Facebook Page:

I want to let all my fans know. I fought mu last fight injured. i wasnt 100% sure but i when to the doctors… I have a fracture sternum with a torn cartilage, i got this injure in training for my fight with Tim Boetsch. I have to be out of training for 6weeks i should never have fought like that, but i didnt want to let my fans and the UFC down, love you all.

So let me get this straight: You may have had this nasty injury coming into your fight at UFC 149 that restricted your movement to the point where you basically stood straight up and held your head perfectly still throughout the fight, but you somehow weren’t sure. And yet you waited until three weeks after the fight to go to the doctor to find out what, if anything, was wrong with you?

From one Cuban to another.

Now seems like the perfect opportunity to bring back CagePotato’s 12-Word Checklist for Knowing if You Should Fight Through Injury. So easy an MMA fighter could use it! Here it is: Hurt sternum? Don’t Fight. You do fight? Don’t talk about your sternum.

Given how appalling his performance was, do you buy his explanation, or is this another example of a fighter making an excuse for a loss after the fact?


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THE LAW- August 11, 2012 at 9:34 am
......."poison midgets get hurt too bro........
...but when i hurt i fights to the finish cuz i eats me spin........ for all my all Ufc fans... You love me all.......Bro"
guelph gym- August 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm
wow all these people hating on hector either way you look at it boetsch still ran away
dipsetkilla316- August 10, 2012 at 6:36 am
Hector lambad fighter is an epic fail go back to ballator were u beat up scrubs and think ur the next big shit and tim the anomaly uppercuts boetsch (anomaly uppercuts in reference to the okami win) is really bad to the only fight i seen him do good in was the okami fight i mean phil subed him with a wired kamura and he beat lambard but that was a really bad fight
Mr_Misanthropy- August 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm
@ Viva No Gusta Lo

You been playing a lot of Operation lately?
ctastrophe- August 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm
The awesome thing is that he types like he talks. It was really easy to read that paragraph in his voice.
dranokills- August 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Oh man that is great news cause I was really wait....that's right, I forgot.
I couldn't give 2 fucks less.
macreadysshack- August 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm
@elburrogrande "beat": I do not think that word means what you think that word means.
Crow42- August 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm
I'm with monstermaulling ass here
Funny thing to cause after hector next fight , all u guys gonna be right back on his NUTS
HEY- August 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm
lol @ that caption
elburrogrande- August 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm
He had no head movement yet Boetsch couldnt find it. He stood straight up yet Boetsch couldnt take him down. His performance was appalling yet he still beat Boetsch. What does that say about him?
El Guapo- August 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm
MonsterMaulingAss- August 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm
"held your head perfectly still" dont know wtf youre talking about he acually exhibited pretty good head movement. And what the hell is up with all these writers questioning the authenticity of a fighters injuries? Do you forget the how hard these guys train? And just because you couldnt imagine fighting with these injuries doesnt mean these fighters cant, that definitely was not the same lombard we've become accustomed to so im inclined to have a little faith in the released statement.
dranokills- August 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Oh yeah dude totally, uh huh.....ok you can take his balls out of your mouth now, I think he said that's fine.
Good job, slobbing his knob buddy.
SethF- August 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm
As fans do with literally ANY fighter who waits until well after the fact to say "Well I just lost because I was injured," we're questioning it.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Only pussies need sternums
Viva Hate- August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am
He went in there with a fractured skull, two bulging discs in his back, temporary paralysis from the neck down, two kidney stones, raging hemorrhoids, herpes, Chlamydia, a paper cut, a stubbed toe, a bunion, a wrenched ankle, a broken heart, butterflies in the stomach, water on the knee, spare ribs, a Charley Horse, writer’s cramp, the ankle bone connected to the knee bone, and brain freeze just too not let us down, thank you Hector “the new Tio” Lombard, thank you!
Viva Hate- August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am
FightZen- August 9, 2012 at 10:14 am
"i should never have fought like that, but i didnt want to let my fans and the UFC down"

How'd that work out for you?