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Squash Match Alert: Fabiano vs. Semerzier, Lombard vs. Starnes


(An impressive win over Semerzier could earn Fabiano a shot at 0-0 featherweight prospect Spencer Pratt. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

Unfortunately, not every fight can be as competitive as Tank Abbott vs. Butterbean. Two matchups came down the pipe yesterday that probably wouldn’t get approved if we were the ones holding the rubber stamps. First up…

Wagnney Fabiano vs. Mackens Semerzier: Top-five featherweight Fabiano was originally supposed to face Erik Koch at WEC 43 (October 10th, San Antonio), and even then we were like WTF, can this guy get an opponent that’s at least near the top 20? But Koch suffered an injury in training, and coming in to replace him on two weeks notice will be Mackens Semerzier, a 28-year-old U.S. Marine and Miguel Torres student who currently has an MMA record of 3-0; two of his opponents were making their pro debuts when he faced them, and the other had a record of 1-0. In other words, this is about as big a leap in competition as theoretically possible. Could Semerzier shock the world next month? No, absolutely not — his arms are going to end up where his legs used to be. On the bright side, maybe Fabiano can finally score a quick stoppage in the WEC and start earning the fan-respect that he deserves. And speaking of top-ten fighters being given sacrificial lambs…


Hector Lombard vs. Kalib Starnes: Lombard is the #6-ranked Bellator champ and former Olympic judoka who hasn’t lost a match since a decision to Gegard Mousasi in 2006, 16 fights ago. Starnes is that doofus whose cowardly performance against Nate Quarry at UFC 83 inspired what came to be known as "The Rock Hammer." The two middleweights will be clashing at Cage Fighting Championship 11 (October 9th; Queensland, Australia). Lombard was previously the middleweight champion of CFC, and is 5-0-1 in the organization. Starnes hasn’t competed since an armbar win over Chris Cisneros at a Destiny MMA event last November, which was his first match since leaving the UFC. So, anybody want to take some action on these fights? We got Fabiano and Lombard. Come on, we’ll give you 2-1 odds and everything…

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Amsterdaam- September 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Lombard looks like a girl in this staredown pic.
Genki Sudo FTW- September 30, 2009 at 10:45 am
For the record the "Rock Hammer" was straight jacked from Urkel
Genki Sudo FTW- September 30, 2009 at 10:43 am
Starnes showed some promising skills technically but you can't learn to have heart, the Quarry fight brought his bitchassedness into the spotlight but it wasnt the first sign.

Probablly doesnt help his training partner is Spencer Pratt and they follow a strict no punching in the face or touching the hair rule.

rh- September 30, 2009 at 9:41 am
I'm giving Lombard a lot of credit for taking this fight...he has nothing to gain by beating Kalib, and a lot to lose if he's defeated. Most people judge Kalib entirely by the Quarry fight, but he's not the write-off most people assume he is.

I can't see anyone else at Lombard's level taking this fight.

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itsgalf- September 30, 2009 at 9:14 am
what a fake smile from Starnes. The little girl looks pissed too. You might be on to something IRISHLOBO
IRISHLOBO- September 30, 2009 at 8:23 am
seconds after that picture was taken, the little girl gave Kalib a wet willie, a noogie, and an indian burn. Kalib responded by calling her a "faggot" and running from the room.
Strife- September 30, 2009 at 8:10 am
@Jugger

Yeah, but is it better than Ryo Chonnans flying scissor sweep to ankle lock? ..... Yeah, it is
Da Spied Her- September 30, 2009 at 7:52 am
@Rejo - not as bad as my pick of Jason Guida to win it all...
portland mma- September 30, 2009 at 7:51 am
That makes sense, run out of the UFC because you were scared of Nate Quarry so you are going to fight Hector Lombard? That is some amazing logic.
Fedor vs. Bas- September 30, 2009 at 7:28 am
I forgot what "The Rock Hammer" was. Now I remember watching that fight. . . WTF
El Famous Burrito- September 30, 2009 at 7:00 am
Kalib Starnes gets high off the smell of his own farts. He sure is a smug bastard for never accomplishing anything in his life.

Yes, I realize the irony of this coming from a guy posting on a MMA website, and going by the name El Famous Burrito. I still stand by my baseless accusations.
Phil Baloni- September 30, 2009 at 6:49 am
met starnes at an event he was supposed to headline in the summer. apparently he got cut training and had to pull out, but upon meeting him there was no cut to be found under the eye. he was definetly on 'something' when a buddy and i met him...we decided it was probably cocaine. poor bastard.
LAS- September 30, 2009 at 6:43 am
I understand you guys want to plug your rankings, and differentiation is important, but what the fuck has Lombard done to deserve to be ranked over Lawler, Maia, or even Belfort? I recognize about 2 of the names of guys he's beat in that 16 fight stretch.
Squirrelnuts- September 30, 2009 at 6:32 am
i wouldn't use Lombard's CFC record as proof of anything. That promotion has more cans than a supermarket.
Jugger- September 30, 2009 at 6:19 am
"The Rock Hammer" might be the best signature move in all of MMA, of all time.

Better than Big Nog's anaconda choke? Better than CroCops LHK? Better than Machida's leg sweeps? Better than BJ's arm-trap RNC? Better than GSP's double-leg take down? Better than Anderson's scissor ankle kick/knee punch? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And Yes.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 30, 2009 at 6:16 am
For Lombard to beat Starnes, he has to catch him and that dude is FAST.
Rejo- September 30, 2009 at 6:14 am
Out of all the people to ever come through "The House", Kalib Starnes fooled me the most. First couple of weeks into the show, I had him pegged to be the biggest thing since Tito. (remember this thought was in my head back then when I also thought Tito had a chance to be champ again) Man was I wrong. I would still take that bet CP as long as Lombard agreed not to through any strikes in the match. Anyway, I know this is a long post, but I was kind of wondering if anyone else has been furter off on one of their initial picks from the show?
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