Tim Boetsch earned an impressive TKO win over Hector Lombard, despite Lombard being two pounds overweight with a physical advantage.
Hector Lombard entered the match with a physical advantage, weighing in at 188 pounds, two pounds over the middleweight limit. But Tim Boetsch did not allow that to play a role as he TKO’d Lombard early in the second round.
Both Hendricks and Boetsch opened up the fight delivering leg kicks at each other. In a tactical first round, Hendricks was looking for the right time to successfully record a combination on Boetsch. It was a fairly quiet first round. But the second round was the complete opposite.
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When the second round got underway, it did not take Boetsch long to get the job done. He started with a high right leg kick, landing perfectly. That forced a wobbly Hendricks to slip.
Boetsch used his hands, sending a plethora of shots to Hendricks. All Hendricks could do was put his hands over his head, not responding to Boetsch’s punches. That forced the referee to step in and call off the fight.
Boetsch has been on a tear lately. In the past 11 months, he has won three of four bouts. Despite being a couple of pounds lighter than Hendricks, Boetsch managed to overcome the weight disadvantage and still pick up the win. He improves his MMA record to 21-11.
For Hendricks, he falls for the fourth time in five fights, dating back to 2016. Hendricks held a 17-3 record before his drought. Now, he stands at 18-7. In addition, he must deal with the consequences of missing weight for the third time in almost 12 months.
Hendricks will be fined 20 percent for missing weight by two pounds. His future with the UFC will be interesting to follow. In addition to consistently missing weight, Hendricks can’t seem to put himself in the win column.