Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Booked For UFC 171


Hector Lombard made a successful welterweight debut when he throttled Nathan Marquardt at October’s UFC 166. The former Bellator middleweight champion had experienced a very lackluster run at 185 pounds in the UFC, losing to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami.

He had a huge amount of hype coming into the UFC and was nearly deemed a bust. The losses prompted a weight cut that appears to be headed in the right direction.

And now he has a new opponent.

Lombard will fight former welterweight title challenger Jake Shields at UFC 171 on March 15 from Dallas, Texas. ESPN broke the news this afternoon.

Shields is in a similar position as Lombard in that he came to the UFC with massive hype. He won a very arguable split decision over Martin Kampmann in his promotional debut before dropping a decision to champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129.

The loss sparked a downward trend for Shields, who was next finished by Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25. The former Strikeforce middleweight champ has rebounded well with three straight decision wins over Yoshihiro Akiyama, Ed Herman, and Tyron Woodley. The Herman win was changed to a No-Contest after Shields failed the post-fight drug test.

Shields got arguably his biggest UFC win by smothering touted Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 29 in October.

The fight presents an interesting battle between two former champions, one being a power striker and the other a top-level grappler. Each fighter can instantly get their name in the welterweight mix with a victory at UFC 171. Will Shield’s mat prowess shine through or will “Lightning” strike once more?

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  • With all the amazing possible match ups in that division, you gonna put Hector against that snooze fester of Shields… so not excited for this fight 🙁

    • Exactly! Why not put Lombard with Condit or Lawler!? I really struggle to see how this won't be a snooze fest. Unfortunately Shields' style always creates potential for boring fights

    • For real, outside of Shields getting knocked out I can't see this being exciting. But that basically goes for every fight hes in.

  • It's not gonna be boring guys… it'll be Nite Nite Shields.. and it'll be quick!

    • I was going to post the same thing. Shields has about 30 seconds to get this fight to the ground or he'll eat big shots til he can't any more. Lombard vs Shields makes perfect sense considering Condit will be fighting Lawler

      • I want to see Lombard vs Woodley after Lombard wins this and Woodley wins one more

        • Yesssssss.. yessssss yesssssss….!!! (Diego Sanchez Voice)

  • Interesting fight. Shields does sometimes look boring to the eye but if he beats Lombard ya'll gonna have to give credit where it's due a man who hits like King Kong against a man who hits like Yogi bear.

  • 1st order of business-to read Shields a bedtime story titled-His name was Jon,Jon Fitch..then turn the lights out goodnight when lightning strikes!

  • Tough fight for Jake. Very tough fight for Jake. I love Shields, but good luck with that one. This fight has round one KO written all over it.

    • Lol I read the title and immediately felt bad for Jake.

      • Yeah SM, it doesn't look good on paper and if Jake survives round one, it should be considered a moral victory. I feel sorry for Jake in this fight. I think he's just over matched. Although, who knows…perhaps Jake will shock the world.

        • He'd have to pull a "Paul Daley" fight and jump his back and sink in a choke.

  • Wait a minute guys. I have hardly seen Shield's fight but from his record in Wikipedia, he has defeated some very good fighters, including Condit. So please educate me on this as I see this as a tough fight for Hector.

    • OFC its a tough fight for Hector, Shieds is a very highly skilled grappler and apply a heavy grinding style similar to Maia (even more to Fitch for that matter). He will try to close the distance and take Lombard down at all costs, clinching him and probably try to tire him out in the process. The problem for Shields thou is that Lombard has very good takedown defense due to his judo. His also very powerful and has a strong balance and with his size, a very solid gravitational base, making him a tough guy to take down at WW. So what most people here are predicting is Lombard stuffing the takedowns and catching Shields with one of his lightning fast "bombs" and laying him low. I can see that happen but I also can see Shields grinding Lombard for 3 rounds and winning a decision…

    • Well in order for Shields to have any chance he needs to put the olypic judoca on his back and keep him there. I don't think he stands a chance in hell to succeed in doing that. Lombard will put him to sleep. Shields most def. beat some good fighters.. but the landscape has changed! The Condit Shields beat is not the same Condit we know today. He beat Condit 8 years ago, i'd like to see him try now.. Condit would kill him!

  • If Condit fights Lawler, It'll will be another runfest for Condit keeping away from Robbie. Kick and run, punch and run ect,… count on it.

    • Condit may have been busy moving but he smashed Diaz from start to finish in the process. What is he supposed to do? Stay still and get hit? maybe you might want to watch youtubes of Tyson on the punchbag if that's your thing.

      • I prefer steel against steel, unless you're a grappling wizard and can finish a fight. Maybe you should not take my opinion as a personal vendetta if thats your thing. A few times Carlos literally RAN from him, that was lame as h3ll. You fail and get no respect from me

        • So you rather have him stand in front of a high volume puncher than step out the way and put a beating on him? You prefer him to hold his ground and take punishment? You think that's what a real man should do, to gain respect? Lol.. That's beyond ridiculous my friend…. Condit was moving back and sideways and countered with hard shots throughout that whole fight. He picked Diaz apart.. it was technical dominance, that by itself should be respected.

          • "So you rather have him stand in front of a high volume puncher than step out the way and put a beating on him?"

            Yes please, blood! blood! blood!

  • Why didn't they put Lombard in for Matt Brown to fight Condit?!
    Please KO Jackie, Hector!