Official statistics indicate you have a one in 280,000 chance of being struck by "Lightning." After watching the UFC 149: "Faber vs. Barao" pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (July 21, 2012) from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I'd say that number sounds about right.
That's because Hector Lombard failed to live up to the hype surrounding his Octagon debut last weekend, coming up short in a split decision loss to Tim Boetsch after a cautious and often listless offensive attack that left many Bellator fans -- accustomed to his devastating knockout finishes -- scratching their heads.
Add UFC President Dana White to that list.
"It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Whether it was Boetsch or Lombard winning, I was expecting a real war. I thought this thing was going to be a war. You can’t be angry with [Lombard], but it just shows you guys, ranking guys who don’t fight in the UFC, it’s two different worlds. Guys that fight in other organizations that end up in top 10 rankings, it’s a whole other world over here. Lombard maybe should fight at 170. He made 185 easily. He’s short and wide, but I think he could make 170."
White's comments, made during the UFC 149 post-fight press conference, effectively eliminated "Shango" from the 185-pound title chase, which is teeming with a number of possible contenders including Chris Weidman, Alan Belcher, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.
That list will shrink by one after "The Count" and the "All American" duke it out at the UFC 152 PPV event on Sept. 22, 2012 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Weidman is likely the first choice after disposing of Mark Munoz in violent fashion at the UFC on FUEL TV 4 event earlier this month in San Jose, California, but White has yet to make anything official regarding the next opponent for reigning middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Expect an announcement soon.
As for Lombard, well, he may finally get that fight against the "Filipino Wrecking Machine" he's been asking for -- assuming he doesn't consider a drop to 170 pounds. Anyone think the Cuban-born Olympian is mulling it over?
For more on his fight at UFC 149 click here.