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UFC On FUEL TV 8: Yushin Okami Vs. Hector Lombard

Yushin Okami vs. Hector Lombard

Former UFC middleweight No. 1 contender Yushin Okami (28-7) seeks a third straight victory as he takes on ex-Bellator champion Hector Lombard (32-3-1). Herb Dean is set to be the third man inside the cage.

Round 1: Lombard quickly cutting off Okami, coming forward and throwing big shots. Lombard lands a kick, but it allows Okami a takedown, which he gets. Lombard gets back to his feet and is looking to strike. Big right lands by Lombard, but he misses on a left uppercut. Right hook, followed by a left hook, and Okami scores another takedown. Lombard gets back up as we go under a minute, but not getting away from “Thunder.”

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 2: Lombard appears very hesitant to get too close, as he wants to avoid the takedown. Okami throws a knee to the body, and follows it up with a jab. Okami lands a left that backs up “Lightning.” Quick left jab by Okami gets through, as does another, and two rights. Lombard looks more like his fight with Tim Boetsch than Rousimar Palhares right now – frustrated and swinging wildly. Okami scores with another single-leg takedown, moving to top position and into half-guard. Okami into the mount with 40-plus seconds left, and lands an elbow that glances off the forehead of Lombard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 3: Lombard knows he needs a finish, and he attacks. Lombard has Okami wobbled for a brief moment thanks to some serious body shots. Now, he is throwing everything at his head, including a big left that sneaks through the defense. Okami answers with a knee, but misses a takedown and Lombard is on top of him with just under four minutes to go. Okami trying to reverse things, but Lombard sprawls and takes the back, hammering down with just under three minutes to go. Lombard attempting to pass and move to a dominant position as we go under two minutes. Now, Lombard asks for Okami to stand, and they clinch. Lombard sprawls to avoid the takedown and pops into the guard with a minute remaining.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lombard

Yushin Okami def. Hector Lombard via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)