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From a purely logical perspective, Hector Lombard is the clear-cut top contender in the division.
How so, you ask?
Well, Woodley beat the assumed top contender in Condit. However, Woodley has lost twice in his five most recent fights, dropping a Strikeforce welterweight title bout to Marquardt at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy and later losing to Jake Shields at UFC 161. Lombard, coincidentally, has now beaten both of them.
That's from a logical perspective. From a fan perspective, though, it's hard to get all that excited about him as a contender.
Lombard has an immense and undeniable amount of skill. Watching him take down Jake Shields at UFC 171 and lackadaisically coast to a decision win, though? That wasn't exactly inspiring.
It was necessary to a degree, sure. Lombard was nothing resembling a cardio machine as a middleweight, and you rarely hear about fighters improving their stamina by cutting huge amounts of weight. And it was pretty obvious that he was lacking in that department as he huffed and puffed from a minimal offensive effort.
Still, Lombard is on the short list of contenders at 170 pounds, and that means there is a solid chance he gets the nod to take on Johny Hendricks.