Former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard has been toying with the idea of moving down to the UFC’s welterweight division for some time now, and he’s finally confirmed that’s what he intends to do.

The stocky, heavily muscled Lombard told the ‘UFC Tonight’ show that a mixture of road work and dieting in recent months has seen him drop around 28lbs, putting his current weight at 192lbs which has made him confident that he can make the 171lb limit for his next fight.

The 35 year-old produced a disappointing 1-2 record in the UFC’s middleweight division, but he says that wasn’t the main reason he’s opted to move down, revealing that it was the UFC who talked him into doing it.

As for a first opponent to welcome him to his new weight class – nothing’s been decided yet, but Lombard says he wants to fight former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt who’s also coming off a loss in his last Octagon outing.