Lombard: "Marquardt Can Take All The Drugs He Wants Against Me"
Lombard Pleads for Marquardt Matchup
ďHeís a big name up there, Iím ready for the challenge. I want to show everybody what Iím capable of doing. I just want to fight that guy bad.
Ben Askren said it all, I think [Marquardt] is a cheater, but [against] me, he can take all the drugs he wants. Iím going to whoop his *** anyway.
I donít see him making . Ö Heís a natural 185, Heís been fighting at 185. At one point he was number two in the world at 185.
Thereís no excuses anymore, Donít say youíve got a contract with the UFC because he doesnít have it. He can take the fight and prove everybody wrong.
Nobody respects me at the moment, Thatís why I want to fight Nate Marquardt and show the people what I can do.
Please, guys, help me out, Put the word out there and put the pressure on this guy to make the fight happen with me.Ē
Mooie matchup. Marquardt zou Lombard moeten kunnen hebben.
Sources Refute Lombard's Claim That Marquardt Turned Down Bellator Title Shot
With his suspension likely to end any day now, Nate Marquardt is the biggest name in MMA's free agent market. One possible landing spot could be Bellator Fighting Championships, where middleweight champion Hector Lombard has repeatedly pleaded for a fight with Marquardt.
Officially, the company will not comment on any interest in Marquardt just yet, but in a recent interview with Sherdog, Lombard claimed that Marquardt was offered an immediate title match against him and declined.
According to two sources inside the organization though, that claim is false. While there may be interest in Marquardt, he would not be granted a title shot upon his entry into the promotion. Company CEO Bjorn Rebney has always been adamant in his belief that a tournament format is the best way to determine a top contender, and he has not wavered in that stance.
"Bjorn has never, and will never, offer a fighter an immediate title shot," a high-placed company source told MMA Fighting.
Bellator is currently ramping up for its fifth season of fights, which opens on September 10. The promotion will hold another middleweight tournament, with the winner to challenge Lombard.
Among those in the eight-man tourney field are Alexander Shlemenko, Bryan Baker, Vitor Vianna, Jared Hess, Brian Rogers, Sam Alvey and Zelg Galesic. That leaves one slot available in the field.
A longtime middleweight star, Marquardt began the drop to welterweight for his eventually scrapped fight with Rick Story in late June. Even after being released from the UFC following his inability to gain a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy, he has maintained that his MMA future lies at 170 pounds.
ben ik niet zo zeker van... Lombard is een monster!
Originally Posted by Tony
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