It seems like every fight at WW Lombard has dominated his opponent yet he never gets that step up in competition. I mean Shields is a slight step up from Marquardt but I think Burkman is a step down from both fighters. I know he has gotten better and beat a downhill Fitch but even if Lombard beats him it does nothing for Lombard. The only way I could see this doing anything for Lombard is if he has some crazy domination, which is likely but still. According to the UFC rankings (which I know mean nothing to the fans but the UFC somewhat uses them) Lombard is 6 but hasn't faced anyone in the top 15 yet (maybe Jake was at the time). I think they are just trying to set up as many Hendricks v Lawler rematches that they can.