UFC on Fuel TV 8: Recap

Hector Lombard showed about 50 seconds of greatness in round 3, but it was too late. The former Bellator fighter let Yushin Okami dictate the pace the majority of the fight, and in the end the judges had Yushin Okami defeating Hector Lombard via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Mark Hunt ‘s losses in his MMA career had almost all come from being submitted. Stefan Struve took advantage of that quickly and took Hunt out of his element and to the ground.

However, to much surprise, Hunt showed a much improved ground game. Hunt managed to weasel his way out of submission attempts by Struve, and his improved conditioning allowed him to throw some devastating punches that eventually earned him a victory over Struve. Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:44.

Diego Sanchez always puts on a show, and has multiple FOTN honors. However, this Diego didn’t seem like the Sanchez of old. He missed weight which caused him to forfeit part of his winnings, and he didn’t seem in shape or as aggressive as usual. In a uneventful fight, the judges had Diego Sanchez defeating Takanori Gomi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Many, including Dana White did not agree with that outcome.

In one of the most epic battles we’ve seen in the Octagon as of late. Silva and Stann put on a show, and gave a blueprint to other fighters how to keep a job in the UFC. These two stood toe to toe and let it all hang out in a back and forth battle that saw both fighters connect and hit the canvass a few times. Eventually Silva landed a nasty 1-2 combo that dropped Captain America. Silva KO’s Stann in round 2.

Hector Lombard Challenges Michael Bisping

Former Bellator middleweight fighter Hector Lombard is challenging Michael Bisping. Lombard was interviewed by Fox Sports after he was able to submit Rouismar Palhares on the first round of their match at UFC on FX 6 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Lombard was heard saying: “Bisping, please. I want a piece of him. I don’t want to talk. Let’s talk in the cage. He bothers me.” Lombard added: “If I can’t fight Bisping, Mark Munoz, you’re next in line. I hope the UFC gives me the opportunity. I want to fight in the next couple of months, right away. I’m healthy, I don’t have any injuries and I’m ready.”

You may think that Lombard look so proud; this is because of his impressive fight stats in his professional career in MMA. “Lightning” is a middleweight fighter from Matanzas, Cuba. He has a superb 32 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest fights in his record. But before his impressive win over Palhares in Gold Coast, he suffered a loss against Tim Boetsch in UFC 149 Faber versus Barao in July 2012 via split decision. Before this loss was a string of 20 consecutive wins since he 2007 when he was still in Cage and Bellator. He had several headline fights through the years against fighters like Jesse Taylor, Art Santore and so many more great fighters but each time Lombard emerge victorious. Lombard further added in his interview: “Every single time I fight in Australia, I please the crowd, so I’m pleased. I started my fighting career here and my first fight was actually on the Gold Coast. You could tell how happy I was before the fight and after this win. Everything went perfect this time.”

Lombard’s Christmas wish challenger is Michael “The Count” Bisping who is a 33 year old middleweight from Manchester, England. He holds 23 wins and only 4 losses in his MMA career. His last fight was a win against Brian Stann at UFC 152 in September 2012 via unanimous decision. Before this fight, he lost to Chael Sonnen in UFC on Fox 2 in January 2012 in a unanimous decision. He is scheduled to meet Vitor Belfort on UFC on FX 7 in January 19, 2013 in Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Definitely with this kind of stats, Bisping is a worthy opponent for Lighting as fans wait for official UFC confirmation.

 

Jacob Volkmann Not a Fan of Hector Lombard

Jason Volkmann watched UFC 149 last Saturday just to root against Hector Lombard. He does not follow MMA like other fighters but from experience, he just had to watch the event to see how Hector Lombard go against huge Tim Boetsch.

He trained with Lombard at the American Top Team and Volkmann mentions that their sessions did not go well at all. He remembers: “My teammate gad a fight down in Florida,” the fighter narrates to Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” Show. “I went to train at ATT, which is a great gym. I have nothing against that gym. I just had a beef with Hector Lombard.”

Lombard has an impressive fight card, he was an Olympic judoka for Cuba and he entered UFC with a superb 20 straight wins. On the other hand, Jacob Volkmann was a three-time All-American wrestler from the University of Minnesota. He is a lightweight who started competing at the UFC at 170 pounds.

He recalls the time when Lombard asked him to wrestle him. “It was grappling time, and he asked me to wrestle him,” Volkmann said, “I was like, ‘Alright, whatever.’ So I went over and we got out own little mat area like the size of a circle on a regular mat. We started wrestling, I was doing collar ties and then all of a sudden, he karate chopped me in the side of the neck. I was like, ‘Alright.’ I didn’t know what the hell was going on, but he didn’t like what I was doing.”

And as they wrestled, things got worse than ever. “I didn’t really take any shots because I felt that he was kind of a spaz,” He continued: “Then all of a sudden, he pushes me away and punches me in the face with no gloves on or nothing. I had a fight in three weeks. I was fighting Danny Castillo in three weeks. I was like, ‘Aw, Jesus.’ He wanted to fight me right there and then, right in the gym. There was one of his coaches that had to stop it.”

Hector Lombard lost to Tim Boetsch in his UFC debut fight last Saturday. It was a split decision according to judges. Volkmann was delighted but at the same time planning that according to Lombard’s last UFC fight, Volkmann proudly said “I think I could take him.”