33-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 30-8-2, 1NC
November 18, 2017 Nik Lentz News
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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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Fantasy AnalysisLentz 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.
Fantasy AnalysisIt'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.
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.