This is a difficult fight to call.
You never know what will happen when you're dealing with a fighter surrounded by hype entering the UFC for the first time. Sometimes you get an Anderson Silva, and sometimes you get a Jorge Santiago.
Typically in scenarios like this, the safe money bets on the battle-tested UFC veteran, rather than the newcomer with potential.
However, this particular bout is different because Lombard is an accomplished judo practitioner with solid BJJ, and the biggest hole in Stann's game is ground fighting.
Often times, the fighter with the most ways to win will do just that—win. That's what I believe will happen here.
This is the most important fight of Lombard's career, and he knows it. As much as he loves to go for the knockout, he will err on the side of caution and bring this fight to the ground.
As we have seen, Stann does not fight well off of his back and, as a result, Lombard will wear him down and eventually lock up a submission.
Outcome: Hector Lombard defeats Brian Stann via second-round rear-naked choke