Tim Boetsch Beats Hector Lombard by Split Decision

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The co-main event of UFC 149 was in the middleweight division. The fight featured former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard competing in the UFC for the first time. Riding a 20-fight win streak and 25-fight unbeaten streak, Lombard was hoping to jump into the title conversation with Anderson Silva. His opponent, Tim Boetsch, was looking to remain undefeated in the middleweight division and was hoping to have the same success he had when he came back and pulled off the upset against Yushin Okami at UFC 144.

First Round

Lombard showed great speed with his strikes to open the round and as Boetsch went for a takedown, Lombard avoided and landed some nice strikes. The fight went back to the feet and Lombard landed a takedown of his own, which didn't lead to anything. Once back standing, Boetsch avoided the major strikes from Lombard and worked towards finding his own distance. The round ended with both men standing in front of each other, avoiding the strikes from the other.

My scorecard: Lombard 10-9

Second Round

Lombard began the round and was more comfortable striking with Boetsch. He landed several solid punches, but Boetsch took them all without trouble. Lombard continued to land strikes and eventually landed a solid kick to the liver of Boetsch, putting him on the mat. Lombard jumped on top of Boetsch, but wasn't the same exciting fighter MMA fans are used to seeing.

My scorecard: Lombard 10-9

Third Round

Lombard and Boetsch continued to leave the fans in attendance and those watching at home wanting more. Lombard repeatedly stood in front of Boetsch and the American was unable to get much done. With two minutes left, fans on Twitter are also voicing frustrations.

@igoraraujojj said, "If Lombard stops like that against Anderson Silva, he is going to sleep fast!"

@TheJGK said, "Well I guess AWESOME would not be the word to describe this fight and the debut of @HectorLombard so far."

The round ended with a chorus of boos and this fight should make the next opponent for Anderson Silva an obvious one: Chris Weidman.

Official Decision: Tim Boetsch by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.

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