Lombard (Bellator) and Marquardt (Strikeforce) are both former champions with devastating techniques at their disposal but each is in desperate need of a win. Expect both to fight with a sense of urgency after recent stumbles in the Octagon, giving fans one helluva show. Marquardt’s best shot at winning involves keeping Lombard against the cage or taking him down. Given Marquardt’s own confidence in his striking, it seems likely he’ll instead engage Lombard in a stand-up war and end up going to sleep as a result. Lombard has been a beast at 185 pounds and, assuming his weight cut went well, should be a significant force as a welterweight. / PREDICTION: Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via Knockout
The main card for UFC 166 may have fans salivating but let’s not forget about the excellent undercard efforts destined to highlight Saturday night’s show. The preliminary portion of the lineup boasts eight bouts including a few sure to be featured towards the top of a Fight Night event such as Sarah Kaufman-Jessica Eye, Tim Boetsch-C.B. Dollaway, and Hector Lombard-Nate Marquardt. In general, the talent involved is Texas-sized to say the least, giving MMA enthusiasts plenty of reason to tune in early this weekend and enjoy the action unfolding inside the Octagon.
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