Middleweight Hector Lombard (31-3-1) entered the UFC with a ton of hype behind him after stringing together twenty wins in a row and dominating his division in Bellator. Adding to the expectations, Lombard had also finished 24 of the 31 opponent he’d beaten.
However, Lombard’s train was derailed in July when he made his debut and fell by way of a hard-fought decision to Tim Boetsch.
Tonight, Lombard has a chance to redeem himself when he faces Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FX 6. In the bout he expects to avoid the same mistakes he made against Boetsch and get back to the business of putting his foes away before scorecards come into play.
“I had a little bit of arrogance in me and I said I won’t lose no matter what. Even if things aren’t going well in training, I’ll be able to put Tim Boetsch away. And I paid for it. I paid for my arrogance and I had to realize that you can’t underestimate anyone,” said Lombard to the UFC website when asked about how his preparation for this evening’s effort in comparison to his bout with Boetsch.
Though Lombard isn’t approaching Palhares as lightly as he did Boetsch, he’s still completely confident in his ability to exit the Octagon with a victory in tow. In fact, he’s even willing to offer up a prediction, stating he expects to knock Palhares out at some point in the match-up. Of course, the Cuban judoka will also gladly take a submission as well as long as it means some sort of finish is involved.
“I’ll tell you one thing, if the fight goes to a decision again, I don’t want to win the fight, let’s put it that way. I would rather they strip the fight from me again if it goes to a decision,” admitted Lombard. “I’m expecting a KO in this fight and that’s what’s gonna happen.”
Fans can catch Lombard-Palhares tonight on FX at some point after the main card starts at 9:00 PM EST.
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