Hector Lombard entered the UFC on a hype machine driven by fans, his record and his fast finishes. In life, I have noticed that no one lives up to the hype. It doesn’t matter which sport, inevitably athletes fail to reach the lofty expectations that we set for them.
Lombard certainly suffices that explanation. Many pegged him as Anderson Silva’s next challenger. It was assumed that Lombard would breeze through Tim Boetsch at UFC 149. It was such an underwhelming performance. Neither challenger improved their standing in the division.
Now Lombard has an excuse.
“I want to let all my fans know. I fought my last fight injured. i wasn’t 100% sure but i went to the doctors… I have a fractured sternum with torn cartilage, i got this injury 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.”
I don’t know what it is like to be a cage fighter. I’ll never muster the courage to get punched in the face. So I respect the warrior mentality that it takes to step into the Octagon and inflict or accept pain from another individual.
Fans will never understand the rigors of training. Casual watcher will never know the feeling of training hurt. It’s a tough job. If it was not, everyone would do it. The highs are high, and as a consequence, the lows are just as low.
Once you step into the Octagon, the excuses need to go away. A single win or a loss literally decides a fighter’s career arc. Don’t enter a fight with a qualifier or a reason to lose. Lombard lost, he needs to get over it.
If Lombard didn’t make this an issue before the fight, it shouldn’t be an issue after it.
If you don’t think that you can win, don’t fight, period.