The following are the UFC betting odds for the Johny Hendricks versus Hector Lombard fight at UFC Fight Night 105 on Sunday for fans who bet on UFC at SBG online sportsbook:
Johny Hendricks – 1½ (-170) +130
Hector Lombard – 1½ (+150) -150
Hendricks’s welterweight heyday lasted roughly a year between March 2013 and March 2014, a period during which Bigg Rigg beat Carlos Condit in a UFC Welterweight title eliminator and then won said title against Robbie Lawler. However, Hendricks would go on to lose a championship rematch to Lawler in December 2014, and while he would bounce back with a win over Matt Brown in March 2015 (fun UFC betting fact: Hendricks has never lost a fight in the month of March), he is currently in the midst of a three-bout losing streak and has been having difficulties making weight. He missed weight by a quarter-pound (or a royale with cheese as they call it in France) before losing to Kevin Gastelum at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 by unanimous decision, and then missed weight by 2½ pounds before losing to Neil Magny at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016 also by UD. Hendricks threatened retirement if he couldn’t put Magny away, but since, as he told Australia-based Submission Radio “realistically, I thought I won that fight,” he decided to keep on truckin’. In all honesty, many fans who bet on UFC agreed with Hendricks’s assessment. Bigg Rigg has since moved to middleweight, and said that “if I fight good at ’85, well then I’m gonna stay there. But if I don’t do good, then guess what? It’s time.” Superman does good; what you want is to do well.
Speaking of which, Lombard has not done very well either lately. Shango started off on the right foot in the welterweight division with back-to-back wins over Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields in October 2013 and March 2014 respectively. Nevertheless, he had a unanimous decision win against Josh Burkman in January 2015 overturned after testing positive for anabolic steroids. He went on to lose to the aforementioned Magny in March 2016 and also lost his middleweight return to Dan Henderson in June 2016. Lombard was the original Bellator Middleweight Champion but has been hit-and-miss since debuting in UFC with a 3-4-0 record plus the aforementioned no contest. At 39 years of age, Lombard might be as much of a goner as Hendricks. Unlike the latter, Shango has not said anything about retiring if he loses this fight, but the company is future-endeavoring talent left and right. The UFC removed 32 fighters from its roster last Friday. Some were recently retired like Tim Kennedy, Sean O’Connell, and Aisling Daly, others were free agents like Rick Story and Lorenz Larkin, and some couldn’t really care less, like the Beast Incarnate himself Brock Lesnar. However, the company also appears to have let go Taylor Lapilus and Erik Perez, both of whom were coming off victories. All things considered, Lombard may be the UFC betting favorite, but being favored by fans who bet on UFC does not necessarily equal job security.