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Nik Lentz

33-Year-Old     UFC     Featherweight     30-8-2, 1NC

Birthdate:  August 13, 1984    Height:  5'8    Weight:  Featherweight    

November 18, 2017    Nik Lentz News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Lentz defeated Will Brooks via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:05 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 121 on Saturday in Australia.

Lentz seemed to have a game plan from the very beginning of the fight. Brooks took him down early in the fight, but Lentz quickly began working for a guillotine choke. Brooks was able to escape and get the fight back to standing position. Over the remainder of the round and the beginning of the second frame Brooks seemed to be in control of the fight. He bloodied Lentz's left eye and was consistently landing a lead uppercut. However, "Ill" once again took Lentz down. "The Carny" immediately locked on another guillotine, secured guard, and forced Brooks to tap. Lentz then called out the entire American Top Team roster and claimed he would bet team owner, Dan Lambert, $50,000 that no ATT fighter could beat him. He also took home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.

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Lentz will face Will Brooks in a lightweight fight at UFC Fight Night 121 on November 18 in Sydney, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lentz was scheduled to fight Brooks at UFC 216, but the fight was cancelled after Lentz was hospitalized the night before weight-ins due to health issues resulting from his weight cut. The matchup has been reset by UFC brass for Australia. The veteran will need to lean on his experience against the younger Brooks, who throws a higher volume of punches. Lentz's last outing was a loss to Islam Makhachev, which dropped his record to 29-8-2, 1 NC.
Lentz's UFC 216 fight against Will Brooks has been cancelled after Lentz withdrew due to "medical issues."

Fantasy Analysis

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.
Lentz will take on Will Brooks at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lentz 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.
Lentz lost to Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision (25-30, 25-30, 27-30) at UFC 208 on Saturday in Brooklyn.

Fantasy Analysis

It'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.
Lentz defeated Michael McBride via TKO (punches) at 4:17 of Round 2 at UFC 203 on Saturday in Cleveland.

Fantasy Analysis

Lentz 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.
Lentz defeated Danny Castillo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC on FOX 17 on Saturday in Orlando.

Fantasy Analysis

Lentz'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.
Lentz lost to Charles Oliveira by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:10 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Goiania, Brazil.

Fantasy Analysis

It 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.