Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC 149 live blog for Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Lombard, who is making his UFC debut, will fight Boetsch, who has won four of his past five UFC fights, on the main card.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Josh Rosenthal is the referee. Lombard refuses to touch gloves. Lombard with his hands high, Boetsch throwing front kicks. Boetsch goes for a single-leg, Lombard sprawls it, and throws a few punches. Rosenthal warns Lombard for shots to the back of the head. They're standing again. Lombard with a takedown and Boetsch is breathing heavily. They're standing again, 90 seconds in. Boetsch with a leg kick a quick clinch and a knee. Lombard throws a left. Boetsch with a front kick, tries for a takedown, doesn't get it and pushes Lombard off. Both guys standing again. Lombard misses a couple bombs. Lombard throwing occasional overhand rights. Lombard isn't wasting much energy, Boetsch moving a lot. Final minute. Crowd gets a big restless. Boetsch again goes for a front kick to try to set up a takedown and Lombard again sprawls it. Close, cautious round. MMAFighting scores the round for Tim Boetsch, 10-9
Round 2: Lombard tags Boetsch with a big overhand left. Also connects with a solid jab. Boetsch goes for a superman punch and walks into a counter combo. Lombard with a right and a left. Midway through the round and there isn't much action, as Boetsch has abandoned his front kick/takedown approach. Lombard lands an uppercut. Lombard connects with a body kick that sends Boetsch looking for cover. Boetsch covers up on the ground, Lombard on top of him but doesn't do anything with it. They're standing with a minute left, turns into a scramble which ends up with Lombard pinning Boetsch along the fence. MMAFighting scores the round for Hector Lombard, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: Absolutely nothing happens in the first minute. Lombard throws a left hand and Boetsch a knee. Not much action in the second minute, either. Neither fighter seems aware the decision is in the balance. Boetsch throws a couple leg kicks. Boetsch shoots a takedown, Lombard easily defends. Lombard with a trip, but Boetsch ends up on top of him and they're quickly back on their feet. One minute, crowd is booing. Lombard gets a takedown, They're back up, Boetsch lands a knee. Going to give Lombard round three based on the trip and the takedown, but he looks a lot more like a hype than a contender after this one. MMAFighting scores the round for Hector Lombard, 10-9 (29-28 overall).
Tim Boetsch def. Hector Lombard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
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