Despite turning down an offer to coach The Ultimate Fighter because he didn’t think he could make 170, Hector Lombard has announced he’s moving to welterweight.

According to a report by Ariel Helwani on Tuesday’s (June 18, 2013) edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, “Lightning” has formally announced that he will cut the additional 15 pounds from middleweight to compete at 170 pounds for the first time in his 38-fight career.

Presumably Lombard will look to lose the bulk of that weight from his neck.

As far as a first opponents go, well the Cuban already has his sights set…on another former giant of a middleweight.

The former Bellator MMA champion already knows who he would like to fight in his first bout in the weight class, too, and that man is former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

While it’s great to see Lombard using the Dolce diet and finally attempting to eliminate the serious height and reach deficits he’s faced in his career, his choice of opponent in this new weight class is dumbfounding.  He turned down a high-profile(ish) TUF coach’s bout with (former middleweight) Patrick Cote, to challenge another huge welterweight (and former 185er) in Marquardt. If you’re looking to fight bigger guys, why leave 185? How about facing a small welterweight you can bully around and finally be the bigger man in the cage with?

Where’s BJ Penn when you need him?