Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 116 blew the roof of PPG Paints Arena last weekend (Sat., Sept. 16, 2017) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Alex Reyes, who was knocked out by Mike Perry in the very first round (see it). And David Branch, who was forced to tap after eating Luke Rockhold’s relentless ground and pound.
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
Going into his bout against Anthony Smith, Hector had dropped three in a row at both the Middleweight and Welterweight division. And though he was highly-confident he could get a win over someone who’s name he claims he didn’t even know, things turned sour for the judoka in a hurry.
After a strong start to the fight, Hector got caught with sneaky right hand from Smith in the third round which dropped him, leading to some finishing strikes from Smith and Lombard’s fourth straight defeat.
It’s been a rough two years for the former Bellator MMA champion, as four straight losses and going 3-6-1 is the last thing many expected him to go through ever since jumping into the Octagon in 2011. Granted, Lombard has faced some stiff competition over his last four fights, but many expected him to turn things around against Smith.
Instead, he finds himself staring down the barrel of four straight losses and his UFC career possibly hanging in the balance. To make matters worse, Hector’s losses have come at 170 and 185 pounds, so he can’t really jump weight classes in search of a new lease on his combat life.
Where he goes from here is anyone’s guess, though I’m confident he’ll stay at Welterweight. There’s always the possibility that he gets released on the heels of his skid, but there have been several before him who have had bad runs like his and still managed to keep their job.
That said, I don’t see the promotion cutting him anytime soon, believe it or not, so I’d like to see him face off against Rafael Natal. The Brazilian bomber has dropped three in a row, so he’s in need of a win in the worst way, too.
Perhaps with the fear of losing their job on the line will fire up the combatants and lead to a good win or go home type of fight.
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