Round 1: Lombard takes the center of the cage. He moves in and misses with a left hand. Hombard closes the distance and slams Shields to the canvas. Shields gets to his feet. Shields throws a head kick and Lombard tosses him to the ground. He lets him up. Lombard moves in with a combination. Shields paws with his jab. He lands an outside leg kick. Lombard lands a right hand. Lombard misses with a left hand. Shields looks to get the fight to the ground. Lombard shakes off the attempt. He presses Shields against the cage. Lombard lands a left hand followed by an uppercut. Shields circles away. Shields dives for legs and Lombard stuffs it. He tosses Shields to the ground and lets him up. Shields is cut over his left eye. He wipes the blood away. Shields goes for a leg. Lombard unloads on him. He lands a kick. Lombard is on top and Shields closes his guard. Shields lands short shots from the bottom. Lombard not doing much in Shields’ closed guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Lombard.
Round 2: Shields’ corner tells him to work hard leg kicks. He opens the round with an outside leg kick. Lombard moves forward. Shields lands a kick to the body. Lombard closes the distance and trips Shields to the ground. He lands in side control. Lombard’s corner tells him to get up. Shields works his way to half guard. Now Shields gets to full guard. Lombard lands a left hand to the body. Shields applies a body triangle. The referee stands them up. Lombard stands stationary in front of Shields. Shields paws with his jab before diving for legs. Lombard sprawls and lands a right hand. Lombard lets him up. Shields working his jab. Shields closes the distance and Lombard throws him to the ground. He lands in side control. Shields works his way to full guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Lombard.
Round 3: Shields showing his jab. Shields moves in and Lombard lands a right hand to the body. Lombard lands an accidental kick to the groin. Shields is given time to recover and the fight is quickly restarted. He lands an outside leg kick. He works for a takedown and Lombard fends off the attempt. Lombard secures a trip takedown. Lombard lands right hands to the body. The referee stands them up. Lombard inches forward. Shields misses with a high kick. He shoots for a takedown and Lombard stuffs it. Shields pulls guard. He lands short elbows from the bottom. Lombard not doing much from the top. The referee stands them up. Shields goes back to throwing his jab. Lombard standing there. Lombard looks for a takedown. Shields applies a guillotine choke. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lombard.
The judges scored the fight for Lombard by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“I’m not very happy with my performance. A win is a win no matter what but I just fought too safe. I blew him up with some big punches early and I felt dominant throughout. I could’ve given more in the third round. The guillotine was loose, he was just trying anything to win the fight in the closing seconds. I wasn’t in any real danger.”
“Frankly I’m embarrassed by my performance tonight. Hector was really strong out there and he caught me with some big shots early. He paced himself and fought smart. The choke was really deep at the end and I was going for broke but the clock worked against me.”