Nik Lentz
The Carny
Gets medical suspension despite win
FeatherweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Lentz has been suspended 180 days pending medical clearance by the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz was able to earn the upset Sunday after his upset of Scott Holtzman, but "The Carny" did not emerge unscathed in the process. While no specifics were disclosed, Lentz will be sidelined pending medical clearance, which likely involves some type of X-ray or additional testing.
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Goes through the grinder
FeatherweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Lentz defeated Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
Lentz really had to earn this one. He pulled out the decision on the cards, but Holtzman landed some very hard right hands. Holtzman continually came forward with his punches, but Lentz countered with some odd angle kicks. Towards the end of each round, Lentz would go to his wrestling. He never really scored a clean takedown, but he used the entry to hold position along the cage and sway the judges. Lentz had been out of action since October, and he pulled this victory out.
Matched against Scott Holtzman
FeatherweightUFC
December 14, 2018
Lentz will face Scott Holtzman in a lightweight bout at UFC Phoenix on Feb. 17.
ANALYSIS
Lentz has been on a shaky stretch of late, losing two of his last four matches and four of his last nine. His most recent appearance in the octagon was successful one, however, as he beat Gray Maynard by TKO in the second round at UFC 229 in October. He'll face an opponent in Holtzman who has won three straight matches, most recently knocking out Alan Patrick late in the third round at UFC 229 in October.
Easily handles Gray Maynard at UFC 229
FeatherweightUFC
October 6, 2018
Lentz defeated Gray Maynard via TKO (strikes) at 1:19 of Round 2 at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Lentz's move up to lightweight went a heck of a lot better than Maynard's did. Lentz, who is known for his grappling, pounded a defenseless Maynard over the course of the short bout. A win over Maynard means next to nothing these days, but Lentz went out and did exactly what he had to do in this one. "The Carny" won't be challenging for a title anytime soon, but he is a valuable member of the UFC roster who has displayed an ability to fight in multiple weight classes. Lentz is now 4-2 in his last six bouts.
Will fight at UFC 229
FeatherweightUFC
August 20, 2018
Lentz will move up to lightweight to face Gray Maynard at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz is coming off a loss to David Teymur by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 131 on June 1. Despite being 34 years old, Lentz will have youth on his side against Maynard, who will be 39 years old on the day of the bout. Both fighters are former featherweights, but it will be Lentz who enters the cage with slight height and reach advantages. Following the late-August fight announcement, Lentz opened as a (-215) betting favorite.
Drops decision to David Teymur in Utica
FeatherweightUFC
June 1, 2018
Lentz lost to David Teymur via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Utica, New York.
ANALYSIS
It was a disappointing performance for Lentz on the heels of his shocking submission win over Will Brooks in November. A wrestler by trade, Lentz will almost always come up short if he's failing on his takedown attempts and he was unsuccessful in all five of his tries on Friday. Lentz is next-level tough and well conditioned but he is a below-average striker and possesses a very basic offensive arsenal. The 33-year-old has now alternated wins and losses in his last four bouts.