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Hector Lombard made a successful transition to the welterweight division on Saturday, knocking out Nate Marquardt in the first round.
The former Bellator MMA champion looked like a title threat in the making in his 170-pound debut at UFC 166. Joining Anderson Silva and Jake Ellenberger as one of only three fighters to knock Marquardt out, Lombard has the power to put away any welterweight in the world.
Lombard wasn't the only promising welterweight to score a quick finish over the weekend. At 26 years old, Adlan Amagov showed he's a fighter to keep an eye on by stopping TJ Waldburger in the opening stanza.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald
- Jake Ellenberger
- Demian Maia
- Nick Diaz
- Martin Kampmann
- Jake Shields
- Matt Brown (+1)
- Robbie Lawler (-1)
For Now, Keeping Hector Lombard Out of the Top 10
While Lombard's performance against Marquardt was impressive, he's going to need another big win to break into the Top 10 of an extremely deep welterweight contender pool. Knocking out Marquardt is an accomplishment, but it isn't quite as meaningful as stopping Josh Koscheck, which No. 10 contender Lawler did in February.
Brown Moving Above Lawler
With a six-fight winning streak going for him, Brown is deserving of a top-10 ranking in the welterweight class. His most impressive wins coming against Mike Pyle, Jordan Mein and Mike Swick, Brown may not be worthy of more than the No. 10 position, though.
Stopping those three fighters in succession is an excellent feat, but none of them have ever reached the heights Koscheck has, and Lawler put Koscheck away just as decisively as Brown did any of those fringe contenders.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC 166 Welterweight Fights
- Hector Lombard defeated Nate Marquardt by (T)KO in the first round.
- Adlan Amagov defeated TJ Waldburger by (T)KO in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 30 Welterweight Fights