The UFC finally got what it wanted to see from Hector Lombard at UFC 166. “Lightning” struck big time in his welterweight debut as he blitzed Nate Marquardt in the very first round stopping his opponent at the 1:48 mark. Lombard is no stranger to first round destructions as this marked the 16th first-round stoppage of his career. Up until what could be a breakout performance, the powerful Lombard had been seen as an extreme underachiever since entering the organization.
Lombard was heavily hyped upon entering the UFC as a perceived destructive force in the middleweight division. However, he’s gone just 1-and-2 until the decisive win against Marquardt. He had suffered decision losses to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami. The lone bright spot had been a knockout victory over Rousimar Palhares. Lombard decided a drop to welterweight was necessary after the split decision loss to Okami and that decision was definitely fortified by his performance in Houston.
Lombard showcased the punching prowess that he’s famous for and was able to finish the bout in brutal fashion. With a tremendous wealth of talent in the 170-pound division, the re-invented Lombard will be part of a long list of suitable contenders. His tremendous power makes him one to watch as he does have the ability to finish anyone if he can land a flush shot.
As for Marquardt, he’s fashioned a very fine and lengthy career. However, his second go-round with the UFC has been an extremely rough one. It appears as though his ability to absorb punishment is lessening. The Lombard defeat follows on the heels of a first round knockout loss at UFC 158 against Jake Ellenberger. This loss could conceivably be the final time we see him in the Octagon.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports