Lombard answered questions about how he would perform as a welterweight by blasting Nate Marquardt into orbit less than two minutes into their match-up. With his 36th birthday coming up in February, Lombard’s competitive clock is ticking so there’s no reason to ease him along by handing him an inferior opponent. Fortunately, there are a number of 170ers scheduled for action in November at UFC 167 that would fit the bill in terms of a tough draw with some name value (Rory MacDonald, Robbie Lawler, Josh Koscheck, and Johny Hendricks for example).
MMA fans may have felt like winners after an all-around entertaining show, but half of the competitors taking to the cage last night at UFC 166 actually DID earn a victory at the event. While every instance of success was important, some of the performances were especially impressive and came in high-stake showdowns. There’s no way to know for sure what fate has in store for the triumphant parties but plenty of interesting options are out there. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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