This Friday night, one of the two current seasons of The Ultimate Fighter will come to an end at UFC on FX 6. The main event features a coaches' fight between George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson, while the second and third fights are the finals of the show.
However, it's the first fight on the main card that may be the most interesting of them all.
In a middleweight matchup, former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard makes his second appearance in the UFC. This time, he will be facing off against a master of leglocks in Rousimar Palhares.
Let's take a look at who should come out on top.
This one is a real no-brainer.
Hector Lombard is an animal on the feet. He has won 17 of his 31 victories by (T)KO and is known as a vicious and powerful striker.
Rousimar Palhares does pack some power on his feet, too. However, he has only one win by (T)KO and that came due to injury.
Edge: Hector Lombard
As far as grappling is concerned, both fighters are absolute studs. Lombard was an Olympian in Judo and also has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Meanwhile, Palhares is a black belt in BJJ and is one of the most feared submission artists in MMA today. Both fighters are dangerous on the ground and have a chance to submit the other.
While Lombard has the edge in striking, and both fighters are evenly matched in grappling, this is where Palhares gets a chance to shine.
The bread-and-butter of Palhares' game is his submissions—specifically, his leglocks. He has earned 10 of 14 wins by submission, and seven of those were leglocks.
Lombard has seven wins in his career by submission, but he has significantly more wins overall and two of those submission wins were due to injury.
Edge: Rousimar Palhares
Strength and conditioning is another area in which our competitors are evenly matched.
Both Palhares and Lombard are two of the biggest and strongest middleweights in the division.
Both fighters stand at 5'8", which could be considered short for the middleweight division, but they make up for it with the amount of muscle they have.
Both are even in cardio as well, and both will have no problem going for 15 minutes.
Palhares has a few things to worry about in this fight. First of all, Alan Belcher revealed that he is beatable on the ground after all. Lombard has certainly watched that fight and knows what to do should Palhares go for his legs.
Furthermore, Rousimar has a tendency to do dumb stuff in the Octagon, for lack of a better term. He needs to keep his mental focus in this fight.
Lombard needs to figure out which Hector is going to show up to fight. Anyone who watched him fight in Bellator knows that he is a killer who finishes his opponents.
However, when it came to the Tim Boetsch fight, Lombard looked nothing like himself. It's impossible to know how Lombard is going to fight.
When all is said and done, expect Hector Lombard to get his hand raised for his first UFC win.
It has been proven that Palhares is beatable now. You can get out of his leglocks even when he goes for them. Lombard knows this and will use it to his advantage.
He will be able to keep this fight on the feet and pick Palhares apart. Eventually, Palhares will get rocked and Lombard will swarm for the finish.
Prediction: Hector Lombard wins via second-round TKO