Lombard was a feared middleweight (and occasional 205er) during his run in Bellator and other regional promotions prior to being signed by the UFC. However, while he blasted the similarly-sized Rousimar Palhares in their match-up, Lombard struggled in showdowns with larger opponents, losing Split Decisions to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami. Now that the 5’8” finisher is down at welterweight it can be assumed he should perform at his peak. And, with him stepping on the scale at 169 pounds, it also appears Lombard didn’t sap his strength shedding weight. Still, it remains to be seen how the move will translate into the Octagon against Nate Marquardt…at least for a few more hours.
There are plenty of questions attached to every event other than simply, “Is that spot on the couch taken?” UFC 166 is no different in that regard, and, as was the case with its predecessors, most if not all will be answered by the time the smoke clears after heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez defends his title against former title-holder Junior dos Santos. Here are some of the more pressing queries floating around the lineup of tilts tonight in Texas… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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