“I think I was like training and develop[ing] my strength and my power, you know, it’s like Ronda Rousey,” Lombard said, citing fellow judoka and the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. “She lifts bodies all her life, you get to the point when you’re stronger than everyone else. She’s done it for so many years that it gets to the point she’s like four times stronger than all the guys she’s gonna face.
"And that is because she’s been training longer and harder than every single other [person]. Put it this way, she’s been training since she was five, or whatever, lifting bodies and training hard three or four times a day. There’s no way any other women can claim that. So I tried to kind of like a lot more in striking all the time, punching the bag and doing those things – more striking than anything else to develop that strength, that power.”
Lombard, however, doesn't use much judo during his MMA fights because he understands that the casual fan enjoys a good standup slugfest.
“My style of fighting has nothing to do with judo. I love judo, and I’m always going to love judo, and I’m always gonna be calling myself a judo player," Lombard said. I trained that sport for seven years. I went everywhere in judo, and I competed at the highest level. But, I don’t use judo at all. I knock people out. I like to be exciting. That was my goal a long time ago, I want to be exciting, and I want the people to want to watch me fight. Unfortunately judo is not as exciting as MMA. So I tried to develop a style where [people] would come see me fight. So I started training stand-up, and I got myself an instructor. That’s how I like to fight, I don’t like to grapple. I like to stand up. If somebody has to get KO’s, somebody has to go out.”
Lombard admits it was tough to get down to 170 pounds, but he's happy that he made the cut.
“It was really hard, you know, but every single time I… suffer, when I feel tired, when I feel I couldn’t make it, I would go to the computer, and I would check all the people talking bad about me, and I would get the motivation to fill me up and keep going," Lombard said. "So I’m quite happy that people doubted me, it keeps me motivated and keeps me in the place that I want to be.”
Lombard is hoping that a UFC title shot is in his near future.
“I mean my philosophy is very simple. If it’s made to happen, it’s gonna happen," Lombard said. "It’s an old saying that the grass that is for a particular horse, the cow is not going to eat it. You know, [I’ll] keep training, be humble, and if it’s meant to happen, it’s gonna happen, and if it don’t, I’m grateful that I could fight. So many people… they can’t even fight any more, and I’m just grateful that I can keep fighting and performing and entertaining.”