Hector Lombard, formerly an Olympian Judoka for Cuba, put on a dominating performance at UFC 171 against the experienced Jake Shields. Lombard not only showed off some flashy judo throws but also stuffed 7 of 7 takedown attempts from Shields.
Let’s have a look!
Round 1 (4:49 left) Ko Soto Gake:
Lombard barrels in and quickly establishes a right underhook and left elbow grip. As Shields steps back with his left foot, Lombard capitalizes on the movement with a Ko Soto Gake (minor outside leg hook) which sends Shields absolutely flying.
Round 1 (3:24 left) Takedown defense:
Shields drops for a high single leg takedown and Lombard defends by establishing a strong whizzer grip, and circling Shields towards the fence.
Round 2 (4:15 left) : Ko Soto Gari
Lombard sprawls off of Shields’ double leg attempt, mixes in a knee and hits a huge ko soto gari (outside reap). This ko soto gari is a reaping motion of the legs (notice how Shields’ legs get swept/reaped into the air) whereas the first throw (gake) is an outside hooking and following with the upper body.
Round 2 (0:45 left) : Tai O Toshi
This is masterful display of the balance awareness Olympic level judoka have, being able to pull off a hand technique, Tai O Toshi (body drop) without the help of the judogi. Lombard lands in side control and switches to Kezure Kesa Gatame.
Round 3 (3:47 left) : Ko Soto Gake
Lombard sprawls off of Shields’ double leg attempt and immediately hits an outside leg hook as Shields’ stands up and steps back.
Round 3 (0:16 left) : Morote Gari
Lombard finds himself low on Shields after eating a knee and capitilizes on the position with a Morote Gari (better known as a double leg takedown). Shields nearly finishes Lombard with a nasty guillotine, but Lombard is saved by the bell.
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