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It turns out that the pair have a beef between them that can be traced back to a particular sparring session in 2008.
According to Lombard’s former and Barnett’s current trainer from Combat Submission Wrestling, Erik Paulson, a day or two after a bloody 30-minute boxing match between the duo at the gym, "The Babyfaced Assassin" dragged Lombard into the cage and used his weight advantage to hold him on the canvas and humiliate the Cuban judoka in front of his teammates.
Paulson revealed that the incident was the reason Lombard walked away from the gym to join American Top Team and said he’s surprised that he’s still upset over it.
Apparently Barnett called him during the show on Thursday to tell him he was going to finish what they started two years ago and that he was going to do it inside or outside L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana where the event took place last week.
Barnett has yet to comment on the incident, but it’s likely that he’ll blame the commission and say he’s being framed.