Don't expect Jake Shields and Hector Lombard to share a brew together after their UFC 171 encounter.
I've always thought Hector is a prick. Everybody kind of knows that. He's a really good fighter but as a person, everyone who knows him, no one likes him at the gym. He's the guy who goes after all the new guys, tries to break their ribs, break their arms, knock them out. But as a fighter, he's talented.
Shields echoes a sentiment shared by many throughout the MMA community regarding Lombard. As Fight! magazine detailed, Lombard has had a number of incidents happen in the gym and is widely associated with the term "bully."
Lombard will look to win back-to-back fights for the first time in his UFC career. Since amassing a 31-2-1(1) record outside the UFC, Lombard has defeated Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares by KO while dropping decisions to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami.
Shields, meanwhile, will look to make it three in a row at UFC 171. Outside of a disastrous 2011 campaign that saw Shields lose to Georges St-Pierre and get blasted out of the Octagon against Jake Ellenberger, the "Scrap Pack" member has yet to lose. Technically, it would be Shields' fifth win in a row if he can defeat Lombard, but Shields' win over Ed Herman at UFC 150 was overturned due to a failed post-fight drug test.
Expect Lombard to look for the knockout punch while Shields will look to use his "American Jiu-Jitsu."