When a fight is stopped as the result of a cut it will occasionally be an unfortunate incident in an otherwise competitive bout and dismissed as an asterisk-laden victory for the gash-free fighter. However, in the case of Bellator 185-pound champ Hector Lombard’s recent rumble with UFC veteran Joe Doerksen at CFC 16 in Sydney fans may not be so quick to question the win as he not only dominated the in-ring action but painted an opening on his opponent’s forehead more than two inches long and exposing Doerksen’s skull.
The bout’s bloody conclusion came after Lombard dropped Doerksen with a punch in the final minute of the first round before following up with a brutal attack against the cage including the enormous, elbow-based incision. Prior to the sequence the 33-year old Cuban had controlled things from the bout’s opening including an earlier knee-knocker and subsequent damage from the top.
Doerksen’s loss marked his third straight after having won seven in a row before the downward streak including a submission of Tom Lawlor at UFC 113 this past May. The sixty-fight veteran also holds past wins over Denis Kang, Patrick Cote, and Chris Leben.
Comparably, Lombard hasn’t fallen in nearly five years with an incredible 21-0-1 record since a loss to Gegard Mousasi in November 2006. The win over Doerksen nearly mirrored his previous performance under the CFC banner a year ago after cutting Art Santore to the point physicians were forced to stop the fight with only a ten-second differential between the victories.
Up next for Lombard is a non-title affair with Falaniko Vitale at Bellator 44 on May 14 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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