Nate Marquardt and Hector Lombard will face off in a welterweight bout at UFC 166 in October.
Both men previously fought in the middleweight division.
Nate Marquardt (32-12-2) made his UFC debut in August 2005 against Ivan Salaverry at the inaugural UFC Fight Night. Marquardt won the match by unanimous decision, but a post-fight drug test found high levels of nandrolene in his system, and he was suspended. Marquardt had a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight championship in 2007 at UFC 73, but lost the bout by TKO at 4:50 in the first round. He fought in the UFC for six more years, but was released for failing medical requirements after dropping to 170 to fight in the welterweight division.
Marquardt returned to the UFC in March, taking on Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158. He lost by first round KO.
Hector Lombard signed with the UFC in 2012 after fighting in PRIDE, CFC, EliteXC, and Bellator. He was supposed to make his UFC debut at UFC 78 in November 2007, but was forced to withdraw due to visa issues. He signed with Bellator in 2009 and defeated Jared Hess by stoppage at 1:41 in the fourth round to win the first middleweight championship belt. Lombard is 1-2 in his UFC fights, dropping matches to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami, both by split decision, at UFC 149 and UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann, respectively. He defeated Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson.
UFC 166 is slated for October 19 in Houston. The final bout in the trilogy between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will headline the event. Velasquez and dos Santos are tied at one fight each in their previous matches, with dos Santos claiming the heavyweight championship at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, and Velazquez winning his title back by unanimous decision at UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2.
So far, no other matches have been announced for UFC 166.
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[Pictured: Nate Marquardt]