Hector Lombard on TRT: “Cheating is cheating”
Hector Lombard hasn’t been shy in the least bit about his opinions on TRT or his criticism of Vitor Belfort after his title shot against Chris Weidman went out of the window.
With the use of TRT officially banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in February, Vitor’s opportunity slipped right through his hands.
Lombard took to Twitter to poke fun at Belfort by saying, “He can do all things thru TRT that strengthens him.”
Lombard is scheduled to face off against Jake Shields this weekend at UFC 171. He appeared at the UFC 171 open media workouts and made the statement that his comments regarding Belfort were not to be taken personally. However, he still shows no signs of softening his harsh opinion of those who climbed the ladder of competition while using TRT like Belfort.
“It boosts you up, it makes you stronger, it makes you faster,” Lombard said. “If you’re 40, you feel like 20. That’s the way it goes.”
Lombard continued by saying that he feels like those using TRT are essentially driving supped up Mustangs while everyone else is driving stock.
“So, it is what it is. Cheating is cheating.”
It’s easy to see why Lombard takes the use of TRT to heart, considering the 185 pounder, who stands at a mere 5’9″, has received countless accusations that he himself was using illegal PED (performance enhancing drugs).
The heavily muscled Lombard stands strong to the fact that his physic has always been of the muscular nature, but after many fighters began using testosterone, people began to point fingers and accuse Lombard of the same thing.
“I’ve always been that way, and then after one day, everyone criticize. They say that I’m taking stuff.”
To many, the ban of TRT by the NSAC is long overdue. Lombard has hopes that this isn’t the last banning that we see, and he has his fingers crossed that other states will follow suit.
He even went as far as to say that the commission needs to start cracking down on possible fraudulent acts that some fighters might take to protect themselves.
“I also believe they should check while they’re doing the testing,” Lombard said. “Because you can go and buy something from somebody else and fake it, because they actually don’t check. They don’t check you (during testing). I would love that if they’re checking you so there’s no changes made (to the sample). There’s no, ‘hey, go there for nothing.’
It’s fair to assume that Lombard is correct. People do, in fact, want to see fighters go all natural and not need the crutch of testosterone to aid in their performance. And with the NSAC finally banning the substance, it appears that the organization is taking steps in the right direction.