Nik Lentz
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Gets new opponent for UFC 257
FeatherweightUFC
January 11, 2021
Lentz (30-11-2, 1 NC) is now scheduled to face Movsar Evloev (13-0-0) in a featherweight fight Saturday at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz was initially pitted against Mike Grundy, but that matchup was scrapped Sunday, when Grundy withdrew from the fight after one of his team members tested positive for COVID-19. The promotion quickly found a replacement for Grundy in the undefeated Evloev, who coincidentally defeated Grundy in his last bout on Fight Island back in July. Lentz, meanwhile, is coming off a loss in a his last fight, which came just under a year ago at UFC Raleigh at the hands of Arnold Allen.
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Grundy fight scrapped
FeatherweightUFC
January 10, 2021
Mike Grundy is out of the fight with Nik Lentz at UFC FIght Island 7 on Jan. 16 after he announced Sunday that one of his team members tested positive for COVID-19.
ANALYSIS
Lentz will only have to wait a week as he'll instead face Movsar Evloev at UFC 257 on Jan. 23. Lentz hasn't fought since he lost to Arnold Allen via unanimous decision almost a year ago on Jan. 26 and will take on an undefeated Evloev who recently defeated Grundy when the two met in July.
Booked against Grundy
FeatherweightUFC
November 22, 2020
Lentz will take on Mike Grundy (face) in a featherweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 16, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz hasn't fought in nearly a year, but he'll return to the Octagon in early 2021. His most recent fight was at UFC Raleigh in January, when he lost to Arnold Allen via unanimous decision. He's now dropped two consecutive fights, but he'll attempt to get back on track against Grundy. Grundy was handed a medical suspension following his last fight, as he lost to Movsar Evloev via unanimous decision in July. Grundy has a lack of power that has limited his potential under the UFC banner. The fighters are even in height, but Grundy has an advantage in reach.
Drops close decision to Allen
FeatherweightUFC
January 26, 2020
Lentz lost to Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Lentz got off to a fast start in a first round in which the total strike count was dead even at 20, but he was narrowly outpointed by Allen in the next two frames. He threw significantly more volume than Allen, but was bested by a long shot in the accuracy department. There's no shame in losing to an undefeated prospect, and this fight was certainly closer than expected, but the 35-year-old Lentz may now be relegated to gatekeeper status after dropping his last two bouts.
Raleigh opponent switched
FeatherweightUFC
January 15, 2020
Lentz will now take on Arnold Allen at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25 after his original opponent, Nad Narimani, withdrew due to injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz's original opponent on the same card, Josh Emmett, had previously withdrawn due injury, so the pairing was an obvious one. Lentz is looking to bounce back from a knockout loss to Charles Oliveira, while Allen is undefeated through six UFC fights.
Will fight in Raleigh
FeatherweightUFC
January 3, 2020
Lentz will face Nad Narimani in a featherweight bout at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25.
ANALYSIS
Lentz is coming off a defeat at UFC Fight Night 152 at the hands of Charles Oliveira by TKO (punches). That loss moved his overall record to 30-10 as he now stands at 35 years old.