Hector “Shango” Lombard (31-3-1-1) vs. Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (14-4-0)
Hector Lombard entered the UFC with a ton of hype surrounding him, and while the fight with Tim Boestch was close, it was also quite boring. IF the supposed monster that was imported to the octagon really came in ready, he should have destroyed Boestch. He said he was hurt so this fight will decide if the hype he had before his first bout was justified. Despite losing that bout he still has a stellar record with 31 wins and over a fifty percent knockout rate. Lombard has great hands, but a great ground game too, having been a champion Joduka as well.
Rousimar is the leg lock specialist of the UFC, and was close to being a top fighter at middleweight. Unluckily, he ran into Alan Belcher who was able to fend off his submissions. Palhares seems to be the litmus test in the UFC to see the difference between a good fighter and a great fighter. Having only loss to Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, and the aforementioned Belcher, he has proven to be a great gatekeeper. He will need to have a big win to move past that title, and at 32 years old his time is running out.
For Palhares he is going to want to take this fight tot he ground where he can use his submission game. Lombard has seven submission victories of his own and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Plus, never having been submitted, it is hard to tell if Rousimar will have any luck on the ground. IF this fight plays out on the feet, Lombard has the advantage, and one of the only fights that he will not have a huge reach disadvantage.
The Bottom Line:
Lombard takes this fight by second round TKO.