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Hector Lombard has made a name for himself by amassing a 23 fight win streak that ended after leaving Bellator. Some of his wins in the last few years include; Joe Doerkson 43-16, Herbert Goodman 19-11,Kalib Starnes 12-7 and my favourite, Jean Lenogue. He holds a record of
16 wins and 14 losses.

Hector Lombard has one of the largest pad jobs to a record that I have ever seen.To make matters even funnier,he is a showboater during and after his fights.

If you are a Hector Lombard fan, stop reading now. I truly hate this man and this is only going to get worse.

“Lightning” is known to be the kind of sparring partner nobody wants to roll with. Jacob Volkmann recalls a clinch drill with Hector ending in a bloodied nose. Volkmann was shifting Lombard’s head to gain better positioning when a punch came right at his face. When asked why he did it, Hector responded with something close to “You kept moving my head when I was trying to gain control!”. Guess what? Thats how you gain control!

He is known for going WAY too hard in sparring. Hector knocked out Tarec Saffeidine when he was just starting out in MMA. He intentionally goes hard on novices just starting out, causing them injuries. Injuries cause you to drop out of fights which cause you to lose money.

Hector “Lightning” Lombard is a bully who picks on the weak and believes himself to be an Alpha. What happens when a bully meets a bigger bully? They wilt.

When throwing full on punches while sparring with Babula Sobral and Josh Barnett, he was taken down and ended up verbally submitting to strikes. It’s rumoured that Barnett relentlessly hit him for 20 minutes or so from full mount to teach him a lesson. After winning his next fight, Lombard called out Barnett. This was confusing to most, seeing the 70lb weight differential.

The next bully on Lombard’s list is Rousimar Palhares. Set to fight on December 15th. If Palhares can get the takedown, he will most likely make quick work of Lombard with a leg lock he can not stop. With intensity he has never seen. In an octagon he will never win in.  Afterward, he will hopefully be cut from the UFC and fade into obscurity.

Good Riddance

Lombard has won titles in Bellator Championship http://www.bellator.com , Cage Fighting Championship http://www.cfcworld.com.au ,AFC and XFC

MMA INVASION

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When UFC fans think of Dos Santos, they think of ONE thing, punching power. Junior has enough strength behind a single punch to have opponents asking the referee, “What happened?”. Just ask Cain Velasquez. His boxing has placed him at a level above in the UFC’s Heavyweight division.

The Champion has racked up an 8 fight streak since his UFC debut against BJJ Ace, Fabricio Werdum. After finishing Werdum with a vicious uppercut at 1:21, Cigano would go on to put down “The Skyscraper” Stefan Struve 27 seconds faster.

After going on a tear, Santos won the Heavyweight Belt in similar 1st round fashion, dropping Velasquez to the mat with an overhand right and putting him out at 1:04.

The only two people to withstand JDS’s boxing to date are Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin. If you like scary movies, look up Shane’s post-fight face.

Santos didn’t always rely on Elite Boxing and takedown defense. In his 6th professional fight, Junior lost to Joaquim Ferreira by armbar. This has been Cigano’s only loss on record. Fights previous to this loss show Junior taking the fight to the mat for some ground-and-pound and even attempting some submissions of his own.

http://youtu.be/UxCQYX5JwhQ?t=27s   <—JDS LOSS

I think this loss changed Junior Dos Santos. Since the smudge on his record, He has never taken the fight to the ground and has relied on his stellar boxing and takedown defense. This is pure speculation but I think Junior has a massive fear of losing again and probably thinks about that armbar occasionally. The only time he has taken the fight to the ground was in the later rounds against  Shane Carwin after being hit with a few solid shots.

Vitali Klitschko,The WBC Heavyweight Champion, praised Santos’ boxing and compared it to his brother Vladimir’s. This alone is a huge accomplishment. Santos then went on to say “Give me three months, I could beat that guy, man, maybe not easy, but I could knock him out. I watch a lot of fights with Vladimir, and I see a lot of holes”.

Junior Dos Santos is the current reigning UFC Heavyweight champion and should be for years to come. As far as the Klitschko challenge goes, If your winning the 1km dash, don’t assume you’d win the 5.

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos’ only title win has been the Ultimate Fighting Championship http://www.ufc.com Heavyweight Belt. He holds the current win streak record of 9 and also has 3 Knockout of the Night Bonuses.

RORY

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Rory Macdonald’s career has been nothing but exciting. Winning his very first fight at just 16 years old at 2:11 by rear-naked-choke, This kid was definitely one to watch for.

9 finishes in 9 fights and Rory was done with the Canadian competition. It was time for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Rory was headed to Fairfax, Virginia to make his UFC debut against Mike Guymon. The fight was no different. Guymon tapped to an armbar at 4:28 in Round 1 leading to another dominant performance by “The Waterboy”.

Macdonald’s next fight would be one to remember. “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit, a Veteran of 29 fights and reigning WEC champion, left behind an 8 fight streak on his way to the UFC.  Im not sure anyone gave “The Waterboy” a chance in this fight. Experience was going to win Carlos this one. Right from the start, this had Fight of The Night written all over it. Rory kept pace with Carlos blow to blow, arguably winning the first 2 rounds. I know it had me on my feet! Round 3 saw Macdonald get tagged and mounted late in the round and eventually succumb to elbows for a TKO loss a mere 7 seconds away from closing time. Rory’s 10 fight win streak had come to an end.

Rory left his gym and came over to Tristar, the home of Welterweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Georges St. Pierre. His all over game improved in leaps and bounds. His nickname changed from “The Waterboy” to “Ares”. A much more fitting title, as the Canadian was disposing of competition in brutal fashion.

His next 3 fights would be the ones to watch. He tossed Nate Diaz around like a child, easily disposed of Mike Pyle with some ground-and-pound and his finish of Che Mills was a combination of speed and accuracy never seen from Macdonald until now. Mills was expectedly no match for the rising star’s high pressure attack and barely made it out of Round 1.

His most recent fight was no different. BJ Penn, though past his prime, still posed a possible threat to the up and comer. Aside from some overhand rights landed by Penn, Ares worked the head and body of Baby Jay with a vast array of kicks, punches and elbows leading to a unanimous decision. This was Rory’s highest profile fight to date and he walked through it with ease.

After the fight, Rory wasted no time calling out Carlos Condit to avenge his loss. A rematch that I hope Condit accepts. Both have improved considerably in the last 2 years.

Rory Macdonald, a soft spoken Mixed Martial Artist, is slowly but surely taking the MMA scene by storm. Fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia and training in all facets of MMA, Rory has an amazing highlight reel at the young age of 23. If you’ve somehow missed his rise up the ranks or have been living in a cage, check him out!

MMA INVASION

BISPING BELFORT STAREDOWN

UFC ON FX 7 Betting Odds

Vitor Belfort -125 VS Michael Bisping -105

The odds might as well be even in this fight. Its Belfort’s 1 punch KO power VS Bisping’s gas tank for this 5 Round War!

Vitor Belfort goes into every fight with the same plan, Land early. Unfortunately, if this doesn’t prevail, he seems to fade. In Belfort’s last 6 fights, he has had 3 stoppages by quick KO, a submission victory over Anthony Johnson and 2 losses to champions Silva and Jones.

Bisping has outworked 7 of his last 10 opponents. Only ever being finished once in his career by Dan Henderson. Every time “The Count” seems deserving of the title picture, He gets dropped down the ladder. Dan Henderson’s right hand, Wanderlei Silva’s relentless attack and the wrestling of Chael Sonnen are responsible. Nevertheless, Michael Bisping is still very much a top contender in the Middleweight division.

I cant make a for sure pick for this fight because it comes down to few things. Either “The Phenom” lands early, capitalizing on  Bisping’s horrible first round head movement. “The Count” survives the early onslaught and has his cardio be the deciding factor in the later rounds.

The possible improvement of Bisping’s jab is a major factor here. Michael Bisping is praised for his jab by the UFC commentators. Unfortunately, it’s not that great. It’s his frequency and accuracy of the jab that wins him fights. A proper jab setup keeps your shoulder and hand high. Michael keeps his hand at mid height and doesn’t tuck his shoulder to block any counter strikes. This is why you will see him get knocked down in the first round by many fighters not touted for their striking game. He also circles to his left during the jab, making the impact of the jab weaker by not planting his feet.  This was blatantly obvious during the Henderson fight. This served as Santos’ demise against Velasquez in their rematch.

Michael Bisping always seems to fail his “step up” to prove himself. If any of the above hasn’t improved, Vitor takes this in the first and Michael “Always Contender never Champ” Bisping drops down the Middleweight ladder once again.

Bisping VS Vitor trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMUvGEoJbbw

RESULTS: Bisping lost in the 2nd round via headkick after barely surviving the first.

MMA INVASION

DOS SANTOS CAIN 155

UFC 155 Betting Odds

Santos -170 vs Velasquez -130

Belcher +105 vs Okami -135

Junior Dos Santos -170 VS Cain Velasquez -130

This is a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Title between the Top 2 ranked Heavyweights in the world. The first time these 2 met, Velasquez was the reigning champion. That quickly changed hands at 1:04 in the first round with Dos Santos’ overhand right clipping Cain in the temple and sending him flopping to the canvas.

Though Velasquez was undefeated up to this point, his chin has always been suspect to me since the Cheick Kongo fight. He was dropped to his knees twice and saved by desperation takedowns that closed out the rounds.

I’d go with Santos again. I see no difference in the rematch. Nobody seems to have an answer for Cigano’s boxing and he has a chin that Shane Carwin couldn’t crack.

Alan Belcher +105 VS Yushin Okami -135

The betting odds here have Okami as the favourite but I dont see how. These 2 fought back at UFC 62 but are completely different fighters now so call this a rematch.

Yushin’s last 5 fights have been up and down. Winning a sloppy fight against Mardquart, a split to Munoz and getting toyed with by Anderson Silva (This seems to happen to most). He received a brutal KO from Tim Boetsch early in the 3rd and was saved by the wrestling inexperience of Buddy Roberts after losing the striking battle.

Alan Belcher had a rough skid in ’08 and ’09.  He was KO’ed in the first by Jason Day but went on to win a split decision against Ed Herman and a come from behind victory against Dennis Kang. Neither being impressive victories. Just when things were looking up for “The Talent”,he lost a controversial split against Japanese Superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Heres where I pick Belcher over Okami.

Belcher’s last 4 fights have been a completely different fighter.  He bested Wilson Gouveia with punches late in the first, submitted Patrick Cote and easily handled Jason”The Athlete” Macdonald.

His last fight VS Rousimar Palhares had fight critics thinking it was another drop down the Middleweight ladder for Alan Belcher. Palhares was a -150 and Belcher was +165. The odds were looking good for Alan to fall victim to a nasty kneebar.

Not only did Belcher win but he won in style! When the fight hit the mat, fans were calling for “The Talent” to get up. Not only did he ignore them, He outgrappled and pounded out Rousimar for a TKO victory.

After the fight, Alan called out Anderson Silva. I dont believe Alan is ready for that but I think he will have no problem beating Okami. He’s my Pick.

Jim Miller VS Joe Lauzon

Overall, Id say this will be a pretty good fight. Joe Lauzon is an excellent first round fighter. He held his own on the mat with Sotiropoulis until he faded fast in the second. Joe has great all around game but if he doesnt finish in the first, his gas tank seems to get the better of him. The majority of his more recent wins come in the 1st round or not at all.

Jim Miller is a grinder who wears down opponents with his wrestling. This is both good and bad for Lauzon. Its were Joe wants the fight to go but can he find a hole in Miller’s top game? Jim Miller doesn’t have very good stand up but his intensity on the mat seems to get the job done for most fights. The majority of Miller’s losses come from Current and former Champions,which makes him my Pick.

UFC 155 trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Vh6mIKQp0