Originally Posted by rampage9712
I believe that he is a backup at best at this point, if not plan c... Lombard is clearly what the UFC wants. If he loses to Tim, then it could potentially be anyone.
Tim, Wideman, or even Belcher.
Lombard has no arguement for a title shot even if he beats Botesch (doubtful). The only guy that would have an arguement over Weidman would be Botesch if he wins and that is all.
Lombard's record is really neat to look at but when the toughest guy you have beaten in years is Trevor Prangley, sorry you aren't in title talks.
Like I said also, the timing makes too much sense to not have Silva v. Weidman. Both guys fought less then a week apart from each other and both came out unharmed with impressive victories over Top 5 MWs. They could do this fight in October and let the MW division clear itself out a little bit.