Hector Lombard picked up another win in the UFC's welterweight division with a convincing victory over Jake Shields.
Shields entered the fight ranked No. 6 in the division, and Lombard came in ranked at No. 12. Lombard will almost assuredly move into the top 10 following his UFC 171 decision win.
Lombard controlled the fight throughout but did not push the pace enough to illicit a finish. If he was hoping to show the UFC matchmakers that he should be considered for the next title shot, he failed. Regardless, the talented judo machine marches up the ladder.
Social media was active throughout the fight but slowed down just as the action did inside the cage.
Genuinely surprised that they acknowledged that Lombard was a Bellator champion.— Steven Rondina (@srondina) March 16, 2014
No more UFC sponsorship for Lombard.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2014
Hector Lombard out to "Born Again" by Newsboys. Jake Shields to "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. Clear adv. Shields #UFC171— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 16, 2014
Hector Lombard is one of the only men I've ever seen outside a pro wrestling ring who legitimately looks like a comic book super hero.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) March 16, 2014
Lombard touched up Shields and cut him open. The Cuban also tossed Shields around the cage with his judo. Shields had virtually no response to Lombard's brute strength. Shields was knocked down, bloodied and offered little in the way of offense.
Throwing Jake like the Hulk tossed around Loki. #UFC171— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) March 16, 2014
"Weathering the storm" pulls within spitting distance of "bullrush." #UFC171— Scott Harris (@ScottHarrisMMA) March 16, 2014
Man vs child in striking— Paul Gift (@MMAanalytics) March 16, 2014
Lombard blasted, and even dropped, Shields with some big shots off the bat. And in typical Shields fashion he survives. But for how long?— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2014
FINISH HIIIM. #UFC171— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) March 16, 2014
So guys, Hector Lombard is really really strong.— Steven Rondina (@srondina) March 16, 2014
There's 2 minutes left in the first round and Lombard has already done 1000 amazing things.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) March 16, 2014
Shields somehow survives. By far the most impressive five-minute stretch of Lombard's UFC career. 170 a good look for him so far.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2014
10-8 Lombard. Shields is getting crushed, but as usual, refuses to die. Fortunately for him, who knows if any judge will have that 10-8.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) March 16, 2014
You'd figure after 15 years in the game, Shields would have grasped the concept of "punching".— Steven Rondina (@srondina) March 16, 2014
There was more of the same, but with a little less of the face-punching. Lombard was more controlled in the second round. He was content to hold position on the ground and not give Shields any opportunities for a submission.
Call me nuts, I'm still confident in Shields in this fight.— TJ De Santis (@TJDeSantis) March 16, 2014
Speed/striking advantage is huge for Lombard but we have seen Shields adjust and comeback before, don't count him out yet. #ufc171— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) March 16, 2014
ClinchclinchclinchclinchclinchclinchclinchclinchJUDO— Steven Rondina (@srondina) March 16, 2014
There was even less action in the third frame, but Shields nearly came away with a walk-off win as the clock ticked down. He grabbed on to a guillotine choke, but time expired before he could get a tap from Lombard. That was about the only bit of action in the five minutes.
Alright, I'm losing faith— TJ De Santis (@TJDeSantis) March 16, 2014
Jake Shields looking real expensive to @danawhite right now.— McKinley Noble (@KenTheGreat1) March 16, 2014
Want to know what's deceptively possible? Jake Shields gets cut and Nick Diaz gets a title shot. That's where the UFC is these days.— Steven Rondina (@srondina) March 16, 2014
As soon as Rogan said it was pretty tight I knew there was no way he was finishing the fight.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) March 16, 2014
Jake Shields didn't lose, he just ran out of time.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) March 16, 2014
It may not have been a finish and slowed down at the end, but given the opponent, I think this might be Lombard's most impressive win.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2014
Dang. Did Lombard piss the UFC off? Never heard them talk this bad about a guy doing well.— Ryan Loco (@RyanLoco) March 16, 2014
So how many minutes will Dana dedicate to railing Lombard's performance?— Steven Rondina (@srondina) March 16, 2014
Media scores have been posted for Lombard/Shields: http://t.co/WWVmZ2iv7M— MMADecisions.com (@MMADecisions) March 16, 2014
Diego Sanchez and Myles Jury will wake everyone up after that one!!!!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) March 16, 2014
Lombard moves on in the division, and Shields' place in the UFC has to be called into question. After a poor showing against Lombard, it is conceivable that the UFC cuts him following UFC 171. Only time will tell, but there is no shortage of talking points following the fight.