The second bout on the UFC 171 main card is a Welterweight clash between former champions from two separate organizations. Former StrikeForce Middleweight champion, Jake Shields takes on the former Bellator Middleweight champion, Hector Lombard.
Shields (29-6-1 (1), 4-2 (1) UFC) is looking to get his second shot at UFC Welterweight gold with an impressive performance over Lombard tonight. Shields has technically not lost since 2011, and is currently on a two fight winning streak. In his last outing, Shields defeated Demian Maia in a razor close split decision. With wins over Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley on his record, it would be hard to deny Shields a title shot with a win tonight.
Lombard (33-4-1 (1), 2-2 UFC) is looking to get his first winning streak inside the Octagon tonight. In his four UFC bouts, Lombard has exchanged KO wins with split decision losses. After losing to Yushin Okami last March, Lombard dropped down to Welterweight and knocked out former StrikeForce champion, Nate Marquardt. If Lombard is able to get another KO tonight, he could find himself vying for the title with another victory.
Round 1: Shields with a jab, and Lombard with a big left hook. Lombard with a huge slam on Shields. Big left counter as Shields throws a head kick. Shields slipped, but gets back to his feet. Lombard with a heavy uppercut and Shields is clinching him. Shields misses three jabs. Shields with a leg kick. Left hook from Lombard. Body kick from Shields. Lombard misses and Shields tries to take him down, but can not. Lombard clinches Shields on the fence and lands an uppercut and right hook. Shields is bleeding. Sprawl from Lombard, and he trips Shields. Shields with a body kick. Shields with a leg kick. Head kick from Shields, but there is nothing behind it. Shields misses another takedown and Lombard is swarming on Shields. Shields is dropped and Lombard is in his full guard. Shields throwing weak strikes from bottom and Lombard is not throwing anything on top. Lombard nails Shields with some elbows and the round is over. 10-9 Lombard for rocking Shields multiple times.
Round 2: Shields with an inside leg kick and high kick. Lombard swinging haymakers, but misses. Shields up the middle with a kick, and Lombard again swinging for the fences. Big slam from Lombard right into side control. Shields gets into half guard and then full guard. The ref stands them up for inactivity. Shields throwing jabs, but they are missing. Shields misses a leg kick. Shields with an outside leg kick. Lombard misses a big right hook and sprawls beautifully on a Shields takedown attempt. Upkick from Shields. Jab from Shields. Shields is just pawing out his jab, but he is not landing. Lombard’s pace has slowed significantly. Beautiful judo throw by Lombard into side control. Shields get into full guard as the round ends. 10-9 Lombard for his takedowns and control.
Round 3: Shields comes out with multiple kicks. Lombard rushes in with a big right hook. Shields with a 1-2. Inside leg kick from Lombard goes low and the ref stops it momentarily. Shields returns and lands a leg kick. Shields with a takedown attempt, but can not get it once again. Lombard takes Shields down. Lombard with some body shots. Referee stands them up for inactivity again. Head kick fro Shields misses. Jab from Shields. Shields shoots again, Lombard sprawls and lands on top. Lombard is content to just ride on top of Shields without any offense. Referee stands them up once again. Kick from Shields and there is nothing behind it. Lombard goes in for a takedown, and Shields latches on to a deep guillotine. The bell may have saved Lombard from a late submission loss. 10-9 Lombard for the clean sweep on my card.
Official Decision: Hector Lombard defeats Jake Shields by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)