Lombard believes that Dollaway could’ve continued the fight, but feels that the middleweight didn’t even want to be in the Octagon in the first place.
“I always say he didn’t want to fight,” Lombard said after the event. “He didn’t want to continue. … We’re fighters. I’ve been in that situation before. You just get up. He was just talking and everything. (If) you want to continue the fight, you continue.”
Dollaway was taken out of the arena on a stretcher and didn’t even get his hand raised by the referee for the controversial victory.
The former Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion even plans on filing an appeal to overturn the DQ loss to a no contest.
“I feel like it should be a no contest,” Lombard told MMA Junkie. “I don’t see why (Dollaway) gets the win. There’s a rule that you protect yourself at all times during the fight. If he throws a kick at me, I’m going to throw back.”
An appeal would have to be filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and then the panel would have to deliberate on whether or not to change the result of the bout.