Originally Posted by Canadian Psycho
I like it. If Hector can dislodge his head from his arse, he should KO Palhares.
I think this is a favorable matchup for Lombard. The UFC is TRYING to do him a favor here.
But take his head off? Dan Henderson didn't take his head off. Only time he has been stopped with strikes is when he stupdly looked away. A guy named Falaniko Vitale made it into the 3rd round with Lombard. I wouldn't assume Lombard will KO him.
I feel with Lombard solid BJJ game and strong Judo he should keep it where he can win it. But Palhares has faced better guys. I wouldn't be that surprised if Palhares beat him by coming forward and landing something.
Lombard strikes me as a Judo dude who learned how to strike. Facing inferior guys who he can tee off on. He isn't used to game planning much, rather uses his will and skill to kill lesser talent. Well he needs to game plan for Palhares. And actually care to throw this time.
As sad as it sounds, Palhares has the biggest threat Lombard has seen in his career as to getting taken down. He has fought straight bums and pretty much no one besides Boetsch who knew how to wrestle. Palahres has decent TDs and crazy strength/leverage.
I think Lombard probably wins, but lets stop acting like he is some beast who can KO UFC caliber fighters out in a round. His striking is powerful, but very overrated.