I've read claims from people on here that Lombard is to be the next welterweight champion. I've thought for a while now that he's not as good as a lot of people think he is. He's ridiculously muscled, explosive (not THAT kind of explosive...) and excels in brawls. But his striking is sloppy - he never seems to throw straight punches, and has the Shogun-style of curling all of his punches. He's seen success with this because he so fast and powerful, but he's clearly ineffective at long range. Josh Burkman was doing well in the stand up before the second round where he got blitzed by Lombard. Not saying that Lombard is bad, but if you're technically beaten by Burkman, you're not championship material. He would get badly beaten by Macdonald or Lawler. I think Hendricks takes it, but the match up would be interesting.