Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Hector Lombard's long unbeaten streak is over. The UFC newcomer came in having not tasted defeat in his last 25 fights, but he left with the bitter taste in his mouth after his UFC 149 co-main event with Tim Boetsch.
The slow-paced fight saw little in the way of significant strikes, but Boetsch seemed to at least control the pace, and two of the judges felt he did enough to earn the decision. They scored it 29-28 for Boetsch while the third scored it for Lombard 29-28, giving Boetsch the upset win.
Making his long-anticipated UFC debut, Lombard looked flat from beginning to end. While he did land a few powerful strikes, Boetsch was never in any sustained trouble, and Lombard never followed up with anything dangerous. His single strikes added up slowly, and in the meantime, Boetsch was landing kicks from the outside.
Neither man truly took control of the action, leaving things in doubt until the final scores were read off.
Lombard -- the former Bellator champion -- had been seen as a possible challenger to long-reigning champ Anderson Silva, but now it's to the back of the line for him while Boetsch will move on to greater opportunity.
Lombard's first loss since 2006 makes him 31-3-1 with 1 no contest.
On the strength of a four-fight win streak, Boetsch is now 16-4.
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