33-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 28-8-2, 1NC
October 6, 2017 Nik Lentz News
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Lentz's UFC 216 fight against Will Brooks has been cancelled after Lentz withdrew due to "medical issues."
It's unclear at this time what Lentz is dealing with specifically, but the bout is off nonetheless. Depending on the nature of the issue, this fight could be rebooked at a later date.
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Fantasy AnalysisLentz was lackluster in his last trip to the Octagon, losing a unanimous decision to Islam Makhachev. UFC brass won't give the veteran any breaks for his next time out, as he'll face a former Bellator champion in Brooks. He'll have to lean heavily on his experience, as Brooks is a younger fighter that can overwhelm you with volume, averaging more than four significant strikes landed per minute.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's rare, if ever, that you will see a battle-hardened veteran like Lentz dominated like he was in this one. He caught Makhachev in a guillotine late in Round 1, but he ran out of time and he mounted no offense the rest of the way. The fact Makhachev was roughly twice his size didn't help matters. Lentz has had success in multiple weight classes during his time in the UFC, but he has essentially called into Gatekeeper status at age-32. He has always struggled against better competition.
Fantasy AnalysisLentz has been around a long time and fought plenty of high-caliber fighters, but this victory was a textbook example of his two greatest attributes: grit and determination. Lentz tallied a ridiculous 7:30 worth of control time over the course of the 9:17 fight and he landed two takedowns and 81% (67/83) of his total strikes for good measure. Lentz has never been able to get over the hump against a quality opponent, but he has been an effective fighter in multiple weight classes for quite a while now.
Fantasy AnalysisLentz's return to the lightweight division was a pretty good one. Somehow one judge scored the fight for Castillo, but Lentz was easily the better fighter. He foolishly continued to go for guillotine's that never materialized, but he easily won the battle on the feet and he mixed in a few of his signature takedowns for good measure. Lentz was totally drained as a featherweight, but he looks a lot healthier at 155 pounds.
Fantasy AnalysisIt took four years for the rematch to take place, but it was worth the wait. Lentz is as tough as they come. A lesser man surely would of been finished by the huge knees to the body that Lentz absorbed in the first round. He dominated the second round with his wrestling but he looked tired in round 3 and he paid the price. Lentz's wrestling and gritty style will give him a chance to win most any fight he's in. He just happened to run into one of the best submission specialists in the world on Saturday.