Hector Lombard Fails Drug Test, Fight Versus Rory MacDonald is Called Off
Drug issues continue to hound the UFC as welterweight Hector Lombard becomes the latest mixed martial artist to fail a drug test.
Positive for DMT
Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Bob Bennett confirmed the news on Tuesday, stating that Lombard had tested positive for desoxymethyltestosterone (DMT) during a drug test conducted after Lombard’s fight against Josh Burkman last January 3rd at UFC 182 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to the NSAC, Lombard’s samples were obtained on January 3rd or during the actual day of the event where he defeated Burkman. The NSAC also said that they received the report last January 13th.
Date with MacDonald is Off
The news on the latest failed drug test surfaced almost immediately after the UFC cancelled Lombard’s scheduled bout against Canadian sensation Rory MacDonald. Lombard and MacDonald were supposed to collide in the co-main event bout of UFC 186 on April 25th at MacDonald’s home country of Canada. That event will be headlined by the UFC bantamweight title bout between T.J. DIllashaw and former champion Renan Barao. UFC Director of Communications Dave Scholler acknowledged that Lombard was pulled out of the event for failing the said drug test. He also confirmed that a UFC flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi will replace the cancelled bout.
Nearing a Title Shot
Lombard was on a good three fight winning streak since moving down in weight class. The former Bellator middleweight champion was just 1-2 as a UFC middleweight since his arrival in 2012, dropping bouts to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami. But since debuting as a welterweight at UFC 166, Lombard has posted decisive victories over Nate Marquardt, Jake Shields and Josh Burkman. Lombard is currently ranked #5 in the welterweight class and a win over the #2 ranked Rory MacDonald would have almost given him a sure title shot. But with the unfortunate events, Lombard not only finds his win over Burkman overturned as a no-contest, he also stands to receive a suspension as a consequence.
Second Time in Limbo
On the other hand, Rory MacDonald has been put by the UFC in a limbo for the second straight time. Macdonald was promised a title shot after beating Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine in succession last year. However, the UFC decided to push for a grudge match between champion Robbie Lawler and former belt holder Johny Hendricks instead, leaving MacDonald empty handed. Then after they booked him to fight Lombard at UFC 186, MacDonald was once again linked to a title shot if he got past the Cuban born Lombard. However, the UFC now says it will book him and Lombard in separate future bouts.
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