At UFC 171, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight for the welterweight title.
An equally entertaining welterweight fight on the card is Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields. Either one of these fighters could rightfully enter the title shot picture with an impressive win. A lot is at stake for both fighters, as a loss would certainly derail their momentum, putting them in limbo in the division.
Shields, one of the best grapplers and a pioneer of American Jiu Jitsu, will not try to stand with Lombard. He knows how hard Lombard can crack, and he knows his best path to victory is weathering the early storm of Lombard, dragging him into deep waters. If he can do this, he should have the edge in the grappling department. After all, Shields is one of the only fighters to really hang with Demian Maia on the ground.
Lombard is a talented fighter and moving down to welterweight was a smart decision for him. However, if he can’t get the finish early, how will his cardio hold up? Shields plans to test Lombard’s cardio, and if he can get a win, he becomes an instant title contender.
A lot of people badmouth Shields for being a boring fighter, but at the end of the day, he gets wins.This is the most important thing about being a UFC fighter, and this is Shields’ ticket to UFC gold. His path back to the title starts tomorrow, and fans are going to be treated to an excellent, tactful battle.