Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 85 co-main event was a battle between two welterweights trying to find a spot in the title picture.
Neil Magny entered the fight in Brisbane, Australia, having won nine of his last 10 bouts in the Octagon, including his previous two fights.
Hector Lombard stepped in the cage under much different circumstances. He was returning from a year-long suspension due to having tested positive for steroids after his most recent fight. His bout with Josh Burkman, originally would have been his third consecutive win since dropping to welterweight, but it was instead changed to a no contest.
Lombard nearly got back in the win column by putting the fight away in the first minute of the first round, as he stormed Magny and dropped him with a combination of punches. He followed Magny to the canvas and unloaded. Inexplicably, Magny survived wave after wave of Lombard bombs for about the first three minutes of the fight.
Magny eventually escaped to his feet and didn’t take long to shake the cobwebs out of his skull, as he pulled Lombard into his Thai clinch for a jumping knee, and then proceeded to find his striking rhythm as the round wound down.
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“I was pretty wobbled,” Magny said after the fight about how the first round played out. “I just tried to not let it effect me and keep driving on.”
And keep driving on he did. In fact, Magny returned the favor in round two.
He got into a groove, using his nine-inch reach advantage by utilizing his jab and pulling Lombard into ….View full article