Hector Lombard cites injuries

Updated: August 9, 2012, 6:41 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard has given a reason for the lackluster performance he delivered during his UFC debut.

Lombard was slowed by an injury at UFC 149 when he suffered a split-decision loss to Tim Boetsch on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta.

"I want to let all my fans know I fought (my) last fight injured," Lombard said Wednesday on Facebook. "I wasn't 100 percent sure but I went to the doctors. ... I have a fractured sternum with a torn cartilage. I got this injury in training for my fight with Tim Boetsch. I have to be out of training for six weeks.

"I should never have fought like that, but I didn't want to let my fans and the UFC down, love you all."

Lombard entered the bout with a reputation as a hard-hitting, action-packed brawler. He also was riding a 25-fight unbeaten streak.

But Lombard approached Boetsch tentatively, rarely pressing the action or throwing hard strikes.

The loss dropped Lombard to 31-3-1 with one no-contest as a mixed martial artist.

Boetsch, a former light heavyweight, improved to 16-4 overall and 4-0 since making his 185-pound debut in May 2011.