The second bout of the UFC 171 pay-per-view broadcast (and the first to begin the night’s welterweight theme) was a slow bout, dominated by the man dubbed the division’s X-Factor: Hector Lombard, who defeated Jake Shields tonight by unanimous decision.

The (-200) favorite Lombard, originally of Cuba but now splits time between the US and Australia, earned the win by dominating strikes, particularly a hard overhand left, and takedowns, particularly a graceful hip throw in the second round. But he grew less active as the fight wore on and failed to incur any damage while in Shields’ guard.

Lombard rises to 34-4-1 with one no-contest, and a 3-2 mark in UFC competition. The former Cuban Olympic judo representative was previously a Bellator middleweight champion, and this was his second bout as welterweight.

Former title challenger Jake Shields, who entered the cage a (+160) underdog, failed to accomplish much against the rising star, but also never showed sign of quitting and was never near a finish. In the final minute he appeared to secure a guillotine choke, but time expired. The Californian drops to 29-7-1 (one no-contest) overall, and 3-3 with one no contest in the UFC. He previously won titles at Strikeforce, Elite XC, and Shooto.

On commentary, Joe Rogan remarked that while Lombard clearly won, few would be excited to hear of him contesting the welterweight title. The lukewarm reception from the crowd seemed to prove his point.

At UFC 171, Hector Lombard defeated Jake Shields by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, and 29-28).