UFC 149    July 21, 2012
Hector Lombard
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No worries for me regarding the dreaded "Octagon jitters" for Hector Lombard. This guy has a great deal of confidence and he's competed at the highest level in judo. As the highlights tell us, he puts a lot into his punches. Terrifying knockout power. His short punches seem to carry the weight of other guys' haymakers. He will wing them from the outside occasionally, though, which could leave openings for a durable, straight puncher such as Tim Boetsch. Boetsch has the chin to hang out and exchange in the pocket. He also likes to come forward with a straight one-two, he'll utilize uppercuts more than others and it's reasonable to think he'll be more comfortable fighting a southpaw this time around than he looked in the first two rounds against Yushin Okami.