Dana White Quashes Hector Lombard-Mark Munoz Talk, Hints at 'Really Good Fights'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Middleweight Hector Lombard raised eyebrows on Wednesday by proclaiming that after fighting Tim Boetsch on Saturday night at UFC 149, he wants a piece of Mark Munoz next.

It was a curious statement, given both that Lombard seems to be on the short list of possible opponents for middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and that Munoz was on the wrong end of a wicked beating at the hands of Chris Weidman last week.

But at Thursday's UFC 149 press conference in Calgary, UFC president Dana White threw cold water on the idea of a potential Lombard-Munoz bout, while also strongly hinting that there are a slew of interesting fights at 185 pounds on the way.

"He must not have Fuel TV, because Munoz just lost the other night," White said. "If he wins on Saturday, I mean, I don't think he'll be fighting Mark Munoz, he'll be fighting one of the guys at the top of that division, not that Munoz isn't, but Munoz has a loss right now."

In the wake of Anderson Silva's win over Chael Sonnen on July 7, the UFC's middleweight division has suddenly become one of the most interesting in the company. Several fighters are trying to stake their claim as No. 1 contender. Weidman did his part with his victory over Munoz last week. Upcoming bouts like Lombard vs. Boetsch and Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann only add to the intrigue.

Later in the press conference, White hinted that there will be a lot more to come.

"We got plans, my friends," White said. "It's all I've been talking about for four days, believe me. I've been on the phone with me and Joe Silva putting together some really good fights. As long as everyone stays healthy, believe me.

"You know how normally, after a fight on Saturday, you guys are like ‘who is he going to fight next,' I'll have answers for you on Saturday. We'll see who wins, and I'll have a lot of answers for the 85-pound division. I'm excited, man, I'm serious, the 185-pound division has never been more exciting."

As for Lombard, it seemed odd that the former Bellator champion appeared to be looking beyond his debut UFC fight. But his opponent, Boetsch, had a succinct answer for his foe: "He's in for a big surprise on Saturday night."

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