Lombard, 40, was disqualified after blasting Dollaway with a one-two combination after the bell sounded at the end of the first round.
Dollaway, 34, was badly hurt by the left hook and stumbled back to his corner in a daze, but ‘Lightning’ thinks ‘The Doberman’ was more than capable of continuing and suspects Dollaway milked the knockdown to sway the referee’s decision.
“It was in action,” Lombard said backstage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, per MMA Junkie’s Ben Fowlkes and Ken Hathaway
. “You know, we’re exchanging. He threw a kick, and I’m coming back. You’re in the fight. If the referee doesn’t get in and say (stop), but if you’re in action and you throw a kick, I follow through with one-two.… The referee didn’t step in and say anything.
“I always say he didn’t want to fight,” Lombard continued. “He didn’t want to continue. … We’re fighters. I’ve been in that situation before. You just get up. He was just talking and everything. (If) you want to continue the fight, you continue.”