Palhares has sub'd blackbelts before.
On paper Lombard's skills look great. Olympian, although means a lot less when it was over a decade ago. No one would call Hendo an elite Greco guy now that can toss guys around.
Has a BJJ BB, not sure from who...but he is probably at least solid.
He has power, but I think his striking is very overrated
Frankly I'm shocked they didn't let him fight Silva after he lost to Tim. Why not? You've got 3 other divisions where you gave a guy coming off a loss (or two!) a title shot. Why should Lombard be punished for losing to Boetsch? So unfair.
Well, ya see, it is really very simple. Lombard was a Bellator fighter, no casual fans knew of him. And I doubt many more did after that fight. Lombard wouldn't be a draw. So the UFC has no need to give him a title shot.
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