Hector Lombard announced his presence to the welterweight
division with authority at UFC 166 as he blasted through former
Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt with a first round
A former Bellator middleweight champion, Lombard came to the UFC
with a lot of hype behind him but through three fights thus far
inside the Octagon he had only amassed a 1-2 record before deciding
to drop down to 170 pounds.
While the cut couldn’t have been easy, Lombard made weight and
came out on Saturday night with a bounce in his step and some
serious power in his hands.
Lombard stalked Marquardt across the Octagon and caught him with
a blistering right hand that landed just behind the ear that
rattled the Colorado native. Realizing his opponent was stunned,
Lombard swarmed and tagged Marquardt with another right before
unloading a vicious left that dropped him to the mat.
The end came seconds later when Lombard uncorked a few more
hammer fists getting the stoppage victory at 1:48 in the first
round. Lombard (34-1-1) has talked about possibly moving back to
middleweight, but after such an impressive debut at welterweight
there would appear to be a myriad of potential matchups.
The loss drops Marquardt to 32-13-2 while suffering his third
loss in a row and second since coming back to the UFC. At 34 years
of age, Marquardt could be staring down a possible UFC release or
only getting one more shot on the big stage before the axe