Count another notch in the win column for the dreaded calf kick.
On Friday it was welterweight prospect Michael Lombardo (12-2) who did his work with the technique that continues to dominate the MMA landscape. Lombardo needed just three calf kicks to drop his opponent Kyron Bowen twice and leave Bowen (9-6) screaming in pain on the mat in the pair’s undercard contest at PFL 7. In an unusual sight, Lombardo even fired off a few punches at Bowen’s hurt calf after his first knockdown, but the strategy worked.
The official time of the stoppage was 3:42 of Round 1.
Watch video of Lombardo’s handiwork below.
Michael Lombardo checks in with Sean O'Connell following his TKO victory! pic.twitter.com/zE3pC08HRw— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 13, 2021
Bowen has dropped three consecutive contests via stoppage. He lost to Collin Huckbody via first-round submission last year on Dana White’s Contender Series before stringing together an 0-2 record in PFL’s ongoing third season.