Hector Lombard has never been the most rational person in the world.
You know this. I know this. The guy goes bull versus matador at the slightest provocation. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but then again, Lombard has never cared much for sense.
He gets angry at someone and then he decides he wants to fight them, even if they're Mark Munoz and coming off a bad loss to Chris Weidman.
Belts? Forget about belts. Lombard is angry, and he's not going to take it anymore:
He's been talking a lot of trash about me. I'm one of those fighters that I don't like to talk about any fighter. I'm focused on myself. When I see people that do the wrong things, I have to do something about it (via MMAjunkie).
I know what you're thinking. Mark Munoz, the legendary trash talker, probably unleashed a stream of hateful vitriol in Lombard's direction.
It's very, very frustrating. I know he's a good fighter. I know that he has a good record, but he was in another organization. To be in the best organization - which is the UFC - and for me to be in the UFC, and to have the best fighters in the UFC that are ranked in the world, and for me to fight them for as long as I've been in there and then a new guy coming in who has been fighting cans... (via MMAFighting).
That sure sounds like "talking a lot of trash," doesn't it? What an ingrate Munoz is, saying that Lombard is a good fighter and has a good record. That's the height of athletic insults, isn't it?
If Lombard was upset by Munoz saying he was fighting in another organization and competing against cans, well, he shouldn't be. Because that's the truth.
Lombard owns zero wins over top 10 middleweights. Actually, most of his victories came over guys who barely cracked the top 25 even at the time Lombard defeated them.
But we've been through this before. His record is impressive.
Any kind of athletic streak of that nature is impressive, regardless of who he beat. And Munoz was kind enough to point out that record. But he was also honest enough to point out that Lombard hasn't been facing the kind of talent he has.
I wouldn't call that trash talking. I'd call it the truth.