Vancouver Sun

▶ Lombard wants to fight MacDonald


Hector Lombard, who has made waves in the UFC since dropping down to welterweig­ht, wants a piece of Canadian Rory MacDonald next. Lombard, ranked sixth among 170-pound contenders, had offered to step in for the injured Tarec (Sponge) Saffiedine against No. 5 Matt (The Immortal) Brown on Feb. 14. But after dominating veteran Josh (The People’s Warrior) Burkman en route to a three-round decision at UFC 182 on Saturday night, the 2000 Olympic judoka set his sights elsewhere. “I think Rory MacDonald makes more sense for me,” Lombard said at the post-fight news conference. The 25-year-old MacDonald (18-2) is ranked second among welterweig­ht contenders. A native of Kelowna, B.C., who fights out of Montreal, MacDonald had been promised a crack at the winner of the UFC 181 welterweig­ht title fight. But the UFC elected instead to stage a third fight between (Ruthless) Robbie Lawler and Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks after Lawler won the title in December.

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