Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard Added to UFC 171

December 8, 2013

Jake-Shields-Hector-LombardA welterweight bout between Hector Lombard and Jakes Shields has been added to the UFC 171 card in Dallas, UFC officials confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.

An initial report by ESPN.com said the two will meet on the March 15 pay-per-view, which will take place at the American Airlines Arena.

Shields (29-6-1, 1 NC) continues his climb back up the welterweight ladder, topping Demian Maia with a split decision at UFC Fight Night 29 in October. The win was Shields’ second in a row since a no-contest against Ed Herman in August of 2012. The grappling expert is currently ranked sixth in the MMAWeekly.com rankings.

Lombard (33-4-1, 1 NC) came into the UFC on a wave of hype in July of 2012, but was halted by Tim Boetsch in a split-decision loss. Since the Octagon debut, Lombard has only gone 2-2. Each of his wins, however, have been decisive knockouts, one over Rousimar Palhares and the other most recently over Nate Marquardt.

UFC 171 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and No.1 contender Glover Teixeira.

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