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Morning Report: Hector Lombard wants to 'mess Rory MacDonald up' so bad his mother won't recognize him

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Serving a year-long suspension for testing positive for anabolic steroids following a decision win over Josh Burkman at UFC 182, Hector Lombard is making up for lost time.

Lombard was due to face welterweight contender Rory MacDonald in April at UFC 186, but the bout was scrapped with news of the failed test. MacDonald went on to challenge welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July while Lombard sat in timeout.

Now, Lombard is hoping to be rebooked against MacDonald in January when his suspension is up.

"I know he's been calling me out," Lombard told FOX Sports. "We need to finish business. He's been calling me out, talking a lot of s**t. I have to finish business with this guy. He keeps mentioning my name everywhere.

"The other day he had an interview with Ariel Helwani. He's expecting me to be out of shape on my way back. That's not going to happen. He's expecting to have an easy road. He's expecting a guy that's getting a bit older, a year off. Get an easy win. Guess what, Rory? I'm going to mess you up."

MacDonald didn't exactly call Lombard out, at least not on The MMA Hour. He just rattled off a few names of ranked opponents he hasn't faced.

"There's so many good guys," MacDonald told Helwani. "Hector Lombard, Thiago Alves. Who else is in the top 10 that I haven't fought."

"Rory, I'm going to mess you up so bad man," Lombard continued. "You've got no clue what's coming. I'm going to mess you up your momma [won't recognize you.] Tag Rory on the tweet after this. Expecting to have an easy road back? I'm going to give him hell. This is a message to him: Rory, I'm going to mess you up."

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