Jake Shields felt he was being overlooked as a welterweight contender heading into tonight's UFC 171 event by being booked against former Bellator champion Hector Lombard. Instead, Lombard proved that he himself can hang with the division's elite by battering Shields for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.
Lombard landed big punches on the feet, tossed Shields to the ground at will throughout the bout and defended all of Shields' take down attempts. Yet, whenever Lombard appeared on the cusp of putting Shields away on the ground, the Cuban Judoka took his foot off the gas and chose to settle into Shields' guard instead of unloading with punches.
As a result, Lombard managed to both prove that his skills place him in the welterweight division's upper crest and show that, unlike many others near the top, he is either unwilling or unable to fight for every minute of every fight. Be that as it may, Lombard now owns a win over a top welterweight contender and will likely be content with that accomplishment.