Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight hitters Hector Lombard and Dan Henderson scrapped last night (June 4, 2016) at UFC 199 inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Lombard may be a ferocious power puncher, but he's been in a rough stretch. After failing a drug test and getting mauled by Neil Magny, the former Olympian was hoping that a move back to Middleweight would reinvigorate his career.
Similarly, Henderson has been losing and getting finished far more often than he'd liked. Nearing the end of his career, "Hendo" was simply looking to score another big knockout win.
Lombard stalked his opponent to start the bout while Henderson kept his right hand cocked. Henderson kept his opponent at bay with some straight right hands, before suddenly connecting with a massive right hand that stunned Lombard.
In classic "Hendo" fashion, he got overeager and rocked almost immediately. Lombard then tossed Henderson to the mat and did some damage from top position. However, Henderson was able to work his way back up to his feet.
Back on the feet, Lombard swarmed Henderson and nearly finished him a couple of times. Henderson stayed in the fight but wound up on his back, clearly losing the round.
Both men were a bit tired to start the second round. Basically, both men stood their ground and stared at each other, daring their foe to trade.
Not a bright strategy opposite "Hollywood."
Henderson fired off a head kick that landed clean, but Lombard seemed to still be conscious and grabbed onto the leg. While defending the single leg, Henderson smashed his opponent with a back elbow that sent Lombard crumbling to the mat
A pair of follow up elbows brought a stop to the fight.
Man, Henderson is something else. He may not be able to move or wrestle, but damn can he hit hard.
In this bout, Henderson fought quite intelligently. Waiting on the outside, Henderson was active with low kicks and looking for opportunities to score with his right. It worked well for him, as he blasted Lombard before getting caught due to a bit too much aggression.
Henderson's transitional strikes are excellent. In this bout, the back elbow off the single leg won Henderson the fight, much like his right hook off the clinch ended the night of "Shogun" Rua a couple years back.
Following his win, Henderson mentioned that this may be the end of his career. This would be a hell of a way to end a legendary couple decades of action, and I hope that turns out to be the case.
On the other hand, this is the end of Hector Lombard. He may fight in the UFC again -- he also may not, as Lombard is an expensive fighter -- but he's officially not relevant at either 170 or 185 lbs.
Lombard's strategy in this bout was absolutely horrible. He simply stood in front of Henderson and tried to trade power shots with him. That's a recipe for disaster, and Lombard ended up paying the price.
Additionally, Lombard's lack of control cost him as well. After hurting Henderson, he gassed himself out trying to knock his opponent out much like he did opposite Neil Magny. Once Lombard is tired, he's far less dangerous and simply hittable.
Last night, Dan Henderson knocked out Hector Lombard in incredible fashion. Will the MMA legend retire following this victory?
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