Like the great Fedor Emelianenko, the stock of Hector Lombard rode on the shoulders of his incredible winning streak and championship accomplishments outside of the UFC.
Also like Fedor, a disappointing loss is all it takes to see the world turn on you immediately. Fans and journalists alike are throwing Lombard under the bus and referring to him as a big fish in the small pond that is Bellator. I choose to reserve my judgment for now.
Lombard looked drained, and moved very little through his 15-minute fight. If you noticed, the Bellator standout came out to the cage wearing four layers of clothing, but didn't appear to have a drop of sweat on him. If I had to guess, Lombard stepped into the cage under the weather last night, and did what he could to make the best of it.
In my opinion, Lombard won that fight with his powerful counter-striking, takedown defense and control. Tim Boetsch spent a large amount of the fight moving backwards and couldn't score substantially at any point in time.
However, a loss is a loss, and Lombard couldn't afford to lose last night by any means.