UFC middleweight Hector Lombard is an accomplished judoka but that doesn’t mean fans should expect to see him chasing submissions inside the Octagon. Rather, Lombard has a reputation for punishing opponents with powerful strikes even if his background isn’t in delivering that type of damage.
However, his foe at UFC on Fuel 8 – Yushin Okami – tends to take a different approach to winning. Though a polished competitor with solid stand-up, Okami has a tendency to clinch with his foes or control them on the mat rather than risk damage by engaging in an all-out war on his feet. Okami’s style is an interesting contrast to Lombard’s and, as he made clear in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, one “Lightning” is prepared to deal with when the cage door closes on Saturday night.
“He’s going to come and hug me. I don’t want to be hugged, so I’ve got to punch him,” said Lombard. “I did judo, yes, but I like more real fighting. I like to be an MMA fighter. The person that I always wanted to be was exciting and be the guy that people like to see because he punches, not go and grapple people.”
“I want to go out there and punch him and be exciting,” he continued. “I don’t care if I get KO’d. I just want to punch him left and right.”
Though Okami is 28-7 with fourteen finishes, only two of his nine wins in the UFC have involved a legitimate stoppage. Comparably, Lombard has 25 TKOs/submissions in his 32 total victories including a knockout of Rousimar Palhares last December in his second Octagon appearance.
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