One fight in the UFC later, and fans in the UFC have forgotten about the former dominance Lombard displayed.
Lombard's loss to Tim Boetsch was a bit of a clunker fight and not representative of what he brings to the table. The Cuban-Australian fighter did not look to be himself when he made his debut at UFC 149 in Calgary.
However, if Octagon jitters are a real thing and Lombard went into that fight injured, we have yet to see the best Hector Lombard in the Octagon.
Consider this. Lombard is a Olympic bronze medalist in judo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a power puncher who has the ability to shatter a jaw with a single blow.
Lombard's high-class judo gives him the ability to execute great takedowns and defend his opposition's takedowns. Though he doesn't execute takedowns often because of his powerful striking, it is a skill on the back burner that can be used at any time.
Now consider Rousimar Palhares, Lombard's opponent. Palhares is a jiu-jitsu ace and a master of leg locks.
It is a taylor-made matchup for Lombard, as Palhares most likely does not have the takedown chops to get Lombard on his back. If this fight is contested on the feet, as I expect it to be, Lombard will have a field day.
Palhares's stand-up technique has improved and he has a good chin, but Lombard has power you cannot acquire. It is a natural power that makes most people hesitant to stand and exchange strikes.
If Lombard wins, will he be back in title talks? I would say yes, as a win over Palhares is a huge win for anybody.
However, he will still need another impressive win or two to be considered to challenge for the gold. Lombard is an impressive talent with main-event capabilities.