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Thread: Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt Booked for UFC 166

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    Default Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt Booked for UFC 166

    Hector Lombard gets what he wants.

    After mentioning his desire to drop to welterweight to face Nate Marquardt (via, the former middleweight standout Lombard has officially been granted his wish.

    According to a report from, Lombard will make his welterweight debut against Marquardt Oct. 19 at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas.

    Both men desperately need a win to stay relevant in the ever-deepening pool of talent that is the UFC's welterweight division, and Lombard will look to reinvent himself at this lighter weight class.

    A fighter who has never fought below 185 pounds in his career, Lombard is known for his knockout power and ferocious killer instinct, but with his stocky, muscle-bound stature, one has to wonder how a drop to welterweight will affect his performance.

    Interestingly, Marquardt also fought the majority of his career at middleweight before dropping to welterweight in July 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. There, Marquardt starched Tyron Woodley via fourth-round knockout to claim the Strikeforce welterweight championship.

    After an impressive start to his welterweight campaign, however, Marquardt dropped back-to-back fights to Tarec Saffiedine and Jake Ellenberger, the latter which he lost via knockout in the very first round at UFC 158.

    Lombard's recent resume provides a similar roller-coaster experience, as he was one of the most hyped prospects to enter the Octagon in recent memory after a hugely successful stint as the Bellator middleweight champion.

    Boasting an otherworldly 31-2-1 (1) record, Lombard failed to impress in his UFC debut, where he lost to Tim Boetsch via split decision at UFC 149. From there, Lombard bounced back and scored a first-round knockout of Rousimar Palhares before dropping another decision, this time to longtime middleweight contender Yushin Okami.

    To Lombard's credit, his losses have come to grapple-first fighters, and his standup has looked powerful and precise when he has decided to open up and throw leather.

    Marquardt, who is also primarily known as a striker, will probably look to keep this fight standing, so fans will have plenty to cheer about when this one kicks off.

    As an early prediction, I'll take Lombard via knockout in Round 1. Marquardt has looked off recently, and I think Lombard will finally get his act together and channel the beast we all expected when he made his debut at UFC 149.

    What do you think? Is my prediction crazy, outlandish or just plain wrong? Let me know in the comments, and we'll talk about it.

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    Man, that's going to be three in a row for Nate.

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    Eeee, a Hector Lombard at 170 lbs is not good for anyone's health, win or lose. RIP Nate

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    I hope Hector can take the weight off safely and still keep his power. Maybe even pick up some speed and footwork, because Nate will use footwork to keep him off balance. That seems to be his weakness as well as the clinch game. And his weakness in the clinch is more surprising because of his Judo background. Maybe he needs to concentrate more on those base skills? In any event there are a lot of exciting match ups for him at 170 that would pull big numbers on PPV.
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    I wonder if he get's fast tracked to a title shot
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