UFC 149 Fight Card Primer: Hector Lombard Vs. Tim Boetsch

Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch face off during the UFC 149 weigh-ins at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Friday, July, 20, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

In the co-main event at UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao, Hector Lombard (31-2-1(1); UFC Debut) makes his long anticipated UFC debut. He'll be facing Tim Boetsch (15-4; 6-3 UFC). This Middleweight fight is the 4th of 5 fights on the PPV main card. The USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings have Boetsch as the #6 Middleweight in the world, with Lombard at #11. The UFC 149 PPV card airs live Saturday night July 21 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Despite Boetsch being ranked 5 spots above Lombard, it's the debuting fighter who is drawing the most attention here. There has been talk of the former Bellator champion coming to the UFC for quite some time. Now, he's finally here, but is immediately facing a very tough test. This will be a hard hitting battle between two strong Middleweights, both with heavy hands and powerful wrestling. Expect the winner to join Chris Weidman as the possible next Middleweight title challenger.

How do these two stack up?

Lombard: 34 years old | 5'9" | 73" reach
Boetsch: 31 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

Lombard: W - Trevor Prangley (TKO) | W - Jesse Taylor (Sub) | W - Falaniko Vitale (KO)
Boetsch: W - Yushin Okami (TKO) | W - Nick Ring (UD) | W - Kendall Grove (UD)

How did these two get here?

Hector Lombard comes in on a crazy 6 year undefeated streak. During those years, he's won the Bellator Middleweight title and put together a pretty amazing highlight reel of vicious KO's. A former Olympic Judoka, Lombard now trains with ATT in Florida. He has powerful hands and good wrestling that combine to make him a real force. But he's also facing a significant step up in competition here. For more on Lombard, check out my in-depth analysis.

Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch came to the UFC in 2008 as just a 2 year pro. He had mixed success at first, going 3-3 in the Light Heavyweight division. Last year, he made the move down to Middleweight, and it's done wonders for him. Now 3-0 at 185, Boetsch is coming off the biggest win of his career - a fantastic come from behind KO of Yushin Okami. Boetsch showed tremendous heart in that fight, but he also showed some holes in his stand-up. Which of those two sides will be at the front against Lombard? We'll find out tonight.

Why should you care?

Title implications, potential for a ridiculous KO, heavily hyped new prospect coming in, all around awesome fight... what more do you need?

More UFC 149 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Urijah Faber and the Guillotine Choke - T.P. Grant

UFC 149 Weigh-In Results: Faber 135, Barao 135 - Tim Burke

UFC 149 Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

UFC 149: Hector Lombard Vs. Tim Boetsch Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Renan Barao Uses A Muay Thai Knee Against Brad Pickett - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 149: Faber Vs. Barao Betting Lines - Tim Burke

UFC 149: Cheick Kongo Vs. Shawn Jordan Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 149 Fight Science: Can Fighters Benefit From Training Their Sense Of Smell? - David Castillo

UFC 149: Brian Ebersole Vs. James Head Dissection - Dallas Winston

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 189: UFC 149, Bellator 72 Previews - Matt Bishop

UFC 149 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Urijah Faber's Weaknesses - Jack Slack

UFC 149: Matt Riddle Vs. Chris Clements Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC Posts Free Urijah Faber And Renan Barao Fights On Youtube - Mookie Alexander

Video: Countdown To UFC 149 - Faber Vs. Barao And Kongo Vs. Jordan - Tim Burke

Video: Countdown To UFC 149 Lombard Vs. Boetsch - ZProphet

UFC 149: Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 149: Introducing Hector Lombard - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 149 Judo Chop: Renan Barao Is NOT The Bantamweight Jose Aldo - Jack Slack

UFC 149 Conference Call: Renan Barao Wants to Wait For Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber Doesn't - Chris Hall

FREE $100 UFC 149 Kountermove Fantasy Cash Tourney - Steph Daniels

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