Hector Lombard submitted Jesse Taylor in the second round
Saturday. | Photo: Matt Smith
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Hot on the heels of UFC
134 in Rio de Janeiro, the second installment of the fledgling
Fighting Championships, held in a ring at the Sports and
Aquatic Centre, had relevance to the wider middleweight MMA
The evening’s main event featured the current Bellator and CFC
middleweight champion Hector
Lombard against infamous “The Ultimate Fighter 7” alum Jesse
Early in the contest, Taylor took Lombard to the floor following an
errant punch by the Cuban-born Aussie. In the scramble, Lombard
used his superior strength to end up on top of his opponent where
he would remain for the majority of the round.
When the fight did get back to the feet, Taylor’s keenness to shoot
was parried by Lombard’s effective sprawl. The Bellator ace worked
dominantly from half guard and side control to deliver an
assortment of brutal, short left elbows and forearms throughout the
frame. Taylor’s hips enabled him to achieve full guard at times but
he was unable to create any significant offense from his back.
The ending came at 1:26 of round two when Lombard, reversing an
attempt by Taylor to attack his leg, secured a heel hook which
resulted in Taylor promptly tapping out.
One of the main narratives leading out of last weekend’s mega UFC
card in Brazil was the dearth of bankable challengers to Anderson
Silva’s middleweight crown. When asked about how he would fare
against arguably the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, the
judo Olympic silver medalist didn’t hold back.
“I wouldn’t be frightened of him,” said Lombard (30-2, 1 NC). “I
would go in there to take the head off.”
The card also saw the return of 19-year-old Polish
prospect Marcin Held
against Hawaiian Kaleo Kwan.
In his first fight since his submission loss to Michael
Chandler, Held needed only 55 seconds to dispatch of his game
Held bounced back in style.
After lighting Kwan up on the feet, held made a rapid transition
from a standing position to a spinning-inside heel hook to secure
Another featured middleweight bout pitted New Zealand born Dylan
Andrews against hometown favorite Ross Dallow.
The tone of the fight was set early on when a punch combination by
the composed Andrews dropped Dallow to a knee.
Dallow tried gamely to get back into the fight with several left
low kicks but never fully recovered.
Andrews dropped Dallow once again with a left uppercut and a right
hook before swarming with rapid fire punches to secure an
impressive win in just 57 seconds.
Pride veteran Soa Palelei
demolished a much smaller Son Hai Suk with punches in 28 seconds of
round one to take a one-sided TKO victory.
Palelei scored a quick knockout.
A slimmed down Palelei told Sherdog.com that he is looking to build
on the win by training at
American Top Team in the U.S. as he continues his quest to earn
another shot in a big Stateside promotion.
Melbourne’s own Nick
Patterson defeated Gracie Barra Sydney’s James
Fairman by TKO (punches) at 4:47 of the first. Patterson used
effective dirty boxing against the ropes before dropping Fairman
with a left-handed superman punch and raining down strikes for the
In one of the more impressive undercard displays, Melburnian
McBride of Dominance MMA delivered six consecutive knee strikes
to the torso of the downed Richard Burhman en route to a TKO
stoppage via heavy punches at the 1:11 mark.
New Zealand’s Daniel
Hooker won a unanimous decision over Japan’s Yuma
Ishizuka, who raised the ire of the crowd with his Thales
Leites-esque willingness to lay on the floor and invite Hooker
into his guard.
Perth’s Jack Becker upset Sydney’s Ben Hansen by
kneebar in a lightweight bout at 1:57 mins of round one.
In the curtain opener, Troy Williams of Team Weapon defeated
Queensland’s Sam Summers by armbar at 2:25 mins of the first