He is 5'7" max just look at him there is no way he is that tall. You have zero evidence that Andy has had trouble with anyone because they are short and it makes no sense. Akiyama is bigger than Lombard and better at judo and striking. The guy is a midget Belcher and Bisping would pick him apart from range.
Lombard hasn't beaten a top 20 MW he absolutely does not deserve a shot at Andy. I was interested in him as a prospect but the Shlemenko fight completely exposed him as having mediocre skills and he is already coming to the end of his physical prime. The guy is a can crusher not a real contender.
Ah, a lot of shorter guys have troubled Anderson throughout his career, he has spent a LOT of time on his back due to their ability to get low and therefore get him off balance on the TDs coming from a lower centre of gravity. Given, that is in a ring, not a cage where he has more room to get away.
Lombard is a lot stronger than Akiyama and has better striking IMO, the kind of wild looping punches that could get a guy like Anderson who likes to keep his hands low in trouble.
He may be facing cans, but he is doing to them exactly what he is meant to be doing to them. I remember many saying the same about Roy Jones when he stepped in the ring with a prime James Toney. You cannot say a guy is poor because he crushes cans. This is why he is needed in the UFC, to give Anderson some more competition and to really test out the skills of Lombard. FWIW, I think Anderson handles him, but still, I would rather watch that and see Lombard tested than watch Anderson handle guys we already know he can handle.