Hector Lombard picked up another win in the UFC's welterweight division with a convincing victory over Jake Shields.
Shields entered the fight ranked No. 6 in the division, and Lombard came in ranked at No. 12. Lombard will almost assuredly move into the top 10 following his UFC 171 decision win.
Lombard controlled the fight throughout but did not push the pace enough to illicit a finish. If he was hoping to show the UFC matchmakers that he should be considered for the next title shot, he failed. Regardless, the talented judo machine marches up the ladder.
Social media was active throughout the fight but slowed down just as the action did inside the cage.
Lombard touched up Shields and cut him open. The Cuban also tossed Shields around the cage with his judo. Shields had virtually no response to Lombard's brute strength. Shields was knocked down, bloodied and offered little in the way of offense.
There was more of the same, but with a little less of the face-punching. Lombard was more controlled in the second round. He was content to hold position on the ground and not give Shields any opportunities for a submission.
There was even less action in the third frame, but Shields nearly came away with a walk-off win as the clock ticked down. He grabbed on to a guillotine choke, but time expired before he could get a tap from Lombard. That was about the only bit of action in the five minutes.
Lombard moves on in the division, and Shields' place in the UFC has to be called into question. After a poor showing against Lombard, it is conceivable that the UFC cuts him following UFC 171. Only time will tell, but there is no shortage of talking points following the fight.