I never said I approved of how Boetch beat Lombard. But it worked.
He showed how to beat Lombard, he showed the holes in Lombard's game, and that really isn't how Boetch normally fights.
But it's exactly how Bisping fights. And Bisping would smoke Lombard by using that same strategy only 100 times more effectively.
I don't approve of point fighting, but it's here to stay. And Lombard, who would have been a lot of fun to watch in the UFC 7 years ago, is a relic of a time gone by and will never amount to anything in the UFC unless he's spoonfed guys who aren't savvy enough to avoid and outpoint him.
And by the same token, people who think Condit truly beat Diaz, can't now turn around and say Boetch's win doesn't count. It was the exact same thing.
I'll never be happy about what Condit did to Diaz. I think it was cowardly, but the real reason it bothered me so much, is because I was a HUGE Condit fan too and wanted to see the war these two promised us. Nick showed up intent on delivering that war, Condit shit the bed.
Bisping is primarily a boxer, not a leg kicker and gets rocked in pretty much all of his fights. He's also much, much more active and busier with strikes than Tim was in his fight with Hector. Bisping is much more comparable to a Frankie Edgar, rather than a Tim Boetsch looking to play tag and run with his opponents leg every now and then.
He presents a completely different stylistic approach to that of Boetsch.