Hector Lombard vs Thales Leites UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/18
Thales Leites vs Hector Lombard
UFC: Saturday, September 22, 2018 (Ginasio do Ibirapuera)
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TV: UFC Fight Pass
Hector Lombard will be fighting Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 137 in Brazil.
Hector Lombard enters this fight with a professional MMA record of 34 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw and 2 no contests. While the record in professional MMA is decent, Hector Lombard’s record since joining the UFC has been very poor as he has only won 3 times and has lost 7 times. Building on that, Lombard has lost his last 5 fights with the fight ending due to knockout on 3 occasions. The last time that Hector Lombard fought was in March of this year where he lost due to disqualification as he hit his opponent after the bell. With such a poor record, Lombard will have to win this fight or he is likely to get cut from the UFC roster.
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On the other side of the coin, Thales Leites also enters this fight having lost his last 2 contests. Leites last competed in May at UFC 224 where he was knocked out. While this recent record will concern Thales Leites, he will know that he is fighting a fighter who has been in worse been in form than him. Thales Leites has proven himself in the UFC as he has won 7 times fighting in this brand and has a decent record so he should have enough confidence for this clash. In addition to all that, Thales Leites is from Brazil so he will have the home fans behind him which is always a positive.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Thales Leites to win this fight. Hector Lombard looks like a fighter who is out of his league in the UFC and having lost his past 5 fights, I don’t see how he can recover. Thales Leites is at home and with the support of the crowd, I see him returning to winning ways.