Hector Lombard was able to silence a few critics after his first round stoppage of Nate Marquardt on Saturday. The first round knock out was Lombard’s second since entering the octagon. He has finished 13 opponents by first round KO/TKO outside of the UFC.
One of the main concerns about Lombard moving down to welterweight was his strength, explosiveness and speed. After watching the fight, there is no doubt his strength and explosiveness were not affected by the weight cut.
Lombard is still a long way away from being a relevant factor in the welterweight division, but he was able to prove that he can hang with a decent, well-rounded guy. Now 2-2 inside the octagon, Lombard may be able to breath a little easier at night, as far as his job is concerned.
The welterweight division will still pose a problem at some point for Lombard. Endurance was not needed in the Marquardt fight, so no one knows if he can go the distance in the division. At middleweight, he lost to both Yushin Okami and Tim Boetsch by split decision.
One fight that would be very intriguing and right on par for the level of competition Lombard should be facing right now, is one against Thiago Alves. Alves was slated to fight Matt Brown earlier in the year before a bicep injury sidelined him. He has two wins since losing to Georges St-Pierre in 2009 – John Howard and Papy Abedi.
Both fighters are explosive and super strong, and both love to stand and bang it out on the feet. A victory over Alves would not mean automatic respect for Lombard, but it would put him on a two-fight win streak.