Lombard crushes Marquardt

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

knockout.

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

falls.