Originally Posted by GrappleRetarded
We also have Tim Boetch's word on Hector. He said that trying to take Lombard down was like running into a brick wall, he was almost impossible to move or take off balance in the clinch. Timmy didn't say the same thing about Okami when they fought.
This is what I failed to post. We all liked Boetsch's move to 185 because he can physically manhandle a certain % of guys. When he first moved down we thought of him as one of the strongest in the division. Lombard in a less than stellar performance looked stronger vs. Boetsch than Okami did when Boetsch went through 2.5 rounds of getting beat on the feet. Boetsch grabbed Okami's neck and he couldn't get away then a series of uppercuts eventually finished him.
Who cares who is stronger. Okami is at his best when he can physically beat you with his size and grappling. Lombard is no Marquardt or Belcher. Okami will have a hard time imposing his grappling like he usually does...unless it is later and Lombard gasses.
Okami should stick and move all fist round to frustrate Lombard and tiring him. Then go the grappling route later in the fight.