Anne-Marie Sorvin, US PRESSWIRE
UFC 149 took place July 21, 2012, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada. Former Bellator champion Hector Lombard (31-3-1, 1 NC) made his long-awaited UFC debut against upstart middleweight contender Tim Boetsch (16-4). Catch the video highlights below.
For more on Boestch's surprising upset, check out the play-by-play from MMA Fighting's Dave Doyle.
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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