Burkman played two seasons of college football before he began his career in mixed martial arts. He spent his freshman season at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah but he missed half the season with an injury. Then he transferred to Dixie State College in St. George, Utah . His sophomore season (2001) was spectacular: he rushed for 1,439 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Rebels, earning JUCO All-American honors. His team won the Dixie Rotary Bowl; for his performance, Burkman earned a scholarship offer from the University of Utah . Ultimately, he decided to drop football and pursue mixed martial arts.
Lombard explained himself in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission in March; He claims he took a pill to battle flu-like symptoms after his weigh-in for UFC 182 and that the pill was given to him by the "friend of a friend", fellow Olympian Julie Malenfant Northrup. The NAC didn't want any of it. Instead, they handed out the most severe sentence ever handed out to a fighter in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship: an unprecedented one-year suspension, his win overturned to a no contest, and a total fine of over $ 70,000.
“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC welterweight Hector Lombard has tested positive for a banned substance following his fight at UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier on Jan. 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of his positive test, Lombard has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC will cooperate with the commission on the matter and fully supports Lombard’s right to a due process hearing before the commission.”