UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields (29-6-1) ranked #7 is taking on fellow welterweight Hector Lombard (33-4-1) #12, tonight at UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas — but question is, should he?

Shields has won two straight, including a win over co-main event welterweight Tyron Woodley, ranked #11 in the division.

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Should Shields have faced Carlos Condit and Woodley taken on Lombard?

Here’s a thought — Shields has beaten both Condit and main event welterweight Robbie Lawler, with only two losses since 2004.

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It’s one of those fights where Shields has nothing to gain and Lombard has nothing to lose. Lombard is coming off a knockout win over Nate Marquardt, and also has a KO over Rousimar Paulhares.

Here’s Shields at his pre-fight dinner:

David Kano is lead writer for MMA Show News and co-host of The Hollywood MMA Show. You can follow him on Twitter @TheDKano.

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