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Lombard to fight Shields in March

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A welterweight bout between Hector Lombard and Jake Shields has been booked for UFC 171 on March 15.

UFC officials confirmed the 170-pound contest to ESPN on Sunday. The UFC 171 pay-per-view event will take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Lombard (33-4-1) made a phenomenal welterweight debut in October, when he knocked out former title contender Nate Marquardt in less than two minutes.

A former middleweight champion in Bellator Fighting Championships, Lombard is 2-2 since signing with the UFC last year. Both wins have come via first-round knockout.

Shields (29-6-1) is coming off a split decision win over Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 29.

The former Strikeforce middleweight champion hasn't suffered a loss since September 2011.

A light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira is scheduled to headline UFC 171.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com
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