August 13, 1984 |
El Paso, Texas, United States
|Other names||The Carny|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Division||Featherweight (145 lbs) (2012-present)
Lightweight (155 lbs) (2005-2012)
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Eden Prairie, Minnesota|
|Team||Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, American Top Team|
|Rank||NCAA Division I Wrestling
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Nik Lentz (born August 13, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. Lentz is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in the featherweight division. As of July 22, 2014, he is #8 in the official UFC featherweight rankings  and ranked the #7 featherweight in the world by Sherdog.
Mixed martial arts career
He wrestled throughout high school and after graduating in 2003 was awarded a scholarship to wrestle for the University of Minnesota. In 2005, Lentz started training in MMA. He began training MMA & Chinese martial arts with Luis Quiroz, switched to Team Bison, and then switched to Minnesota Martial Arts Academy alongside former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and former Strikeforce and UFC middleweight Paul Bradley.
Lentz made his professional debut in 2005 against Anthony White. The fight ended after Lentz knocked out White sometime during the first round. His next fight ended in the same way as the first with Lentz earning himself his second consecutive KO win. His third fight showed off Lentz's power in his hands after he forced his opponent to submit to punches.
Lentz went 4–0 after securing a rear naked choke submission win over Kenneth Allen. His first loss came out the hands of Sherron Leggett from a razor thin split decision. Lentz bounced back with a knock out win over Chris Powers. On a card held by Ultimate Combat Sports, Lentz submitted Jake Hoyer using a rear naked choke.
On August 2006, Lentz took his second loss from Brian Green who submitted him using an armbar in the first round. Lentz won his next three fights, all with first round knockouts; one of the three was against Bellator lightweight, Carey Vanier.
Lentz had a grueling back-and-forth battle with Mark Moreno before the fight ended in disappointment when the cage-side doctors ruled Lentz unable to continue. After the loss to Moreno, Lentz went on to compile a 7–0–1 record in his next 8 fights including a victory over UFC veteran, Drew Fickett. He was then signed by the UFC and entered with a 16–3–1 record.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In August 2009, it was announced Lentz had been signed with the UFC, and he would make his debut at UFC 103. He replaced an injured Dan Lauzon and upset Rafaello Oliveira, winning via unanimous decision with scores of 29–28, 29–28, and 30–27.
In his fourth UFC appearance, Lentz defeated Andre Winner at UFC 118 via unanimous decision (30–27 (twice) and 29–28). The match was shown on Spike TV before the Pay-Per-View event. Lentz scored multiple take-downs throughout the fight but was not able to capitalize on them. The fight was criticized for lack of action.
At UFC Fight Night 24, Lentz fought and defeated division II national wrestling champion, Waylon Lowe. After Lowe won the first and second rounds convincingly, Lentz came back in the third and scored an impressive come from behind submission win.
Lentz faced Charles Oliveira on June 26, 2011 at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry. The fight ended in the second round after Oliveira hit Lentz with an illegal knee which went unnoticed by the referee and submitted the dazed Lentz via rear naked choke. However, after reviewing the incident, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission overturned the result and declared it a no contest. The back and forth action earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors.
Lentz was defeated by Mark Bocek on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140 via unanimous decision. Lentz was taken down all three rounds and controlled despite threatening Bocek twice with a guillotine choke in rounds 1 and 2.
In his second fight at featherweight, Lentz faced Diego Nunes on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping. He won the fight via unanimous decision in what is arguably the biggest victory of his career.
Lentz was briefly linked to a bout with Dennis Bermudez on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31. However, Lentz was pulled from the pairing with Bermudez and instead faced Chad Mendes on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Lentz was expected to face Charles Oliveira in a rematch on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50. At the event weigh in, Oliveira came in over the 146 pound featherweight limit at 150 pounds. Subsequently, he was initially forced to surrender 20 percent of his purse to Lentz and the bout was changed to a catchweight affair. Subsequently, Oliveira pulled out of the bout entirely after falling ill the day of the event.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||25 wins||6 losses|
|Win||25–6–2 (1)||Manvel Gamburyan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva||May 10, 2014||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||24–6–2 (1)||Chad Mendes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2||December 14, 2013||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||24–5–2 (1)||Hacran Dias||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||23–5–2 (1)||Diego Nunes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping||January 19, 2013||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||22–5–2 (1)||Eiji Mitsuoka||TKO (punches)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||1||3:45||Denver, Colorado, United States||Featherweight debut|
|Loss||21–5–2 (1)||Evan Dunham||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||January 28, 2012||2||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||21–4–2 (1)||Mark Bocek||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|NC||21–3–2 (1)||Charles Oliveira||NC (illegal knee)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||2||1:48||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Fight of the Night; Original loss by submission; result overturned.|
|Win||21–3–2||Waylon Lowe||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis||March 26, 2011||3||2:24||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||20–3–2||Tyson Griffin||Decision (split)||UFC 123||November 20, 2010||3||5:00||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||19–3–2||Andre Winner||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 118||August 28, 2010||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||18–3–2||Rob Emerson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Draw||17–3–2||Thiago Tavares||Draw (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz||January 11, 2010||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Rafaello Oliveira||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||16–3–1||Nick Walker||TKO (punches)||EC 127 – Extreme Challenge 127||May 30, 2009||1||2:15||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||15–3–1||Drew Fickett||Decision (unanimous)||EB: Beatdown at 4 Bears||March 21, 2009||3||5:00||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||14–3–1||Sam Rouch||Decision (unanimous)||SNMMA: Beatdown 4 at Bears||October 11, 2008||3||5:00||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||13–3–1||Dan Loman||Submission (guillotine choke)||Brutaal Fight Night||September 5, 2008||1||4:13||Maplewood, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||12–3–1||Travis Pierzinski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Brutaal Fight Night||May 21, 2008||2||3:45||Maplewood, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||11–3–1||Scott Bickerstaff||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 22||February 23, 2008||1||3:49||Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Draw||10–3–1||Kyle Jensen||Draw||CFX 7: Brutal||November 29, 2007||3||5:00||St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||10–3||Gabe Wallbridge||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EFX: Myth in Maplewood||September 19, 2007||1||N/A||Maplewood, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Mark Moreno||TKO (doctor stoppage)||X-1: Extreme Fighting 2||March 17, 2007||1||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||9–2||Duran Barlow||Submission (punches)||EFX: Fury||December 7, 2006||1||N/A||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||8–2||Vern Jefferson||TKO (punches)||EFX||September 6, 2006||1||N/A||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||7–2||Carey Vanier||TKO (punches)||EFX||September 6, 2006||1||N/A||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Brian Green||Submission (armbar)||EFX||August 2, 2006||1||N/A||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||6–1||Chris Powers||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EFX: Fury||July 24, 2006||1||1:44||Andover, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Sherron Leggett||Decision (split)||Twin Cities Throwdown||April 8, 2006||3||5:00||Burnsville, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5–0||Kenneth Allen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EFX: Fury||February 1, 2006||2||N/A||Burnsville, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||4–0||Derek Abram||Submission (punches)||EFX||December 5, 2005||1||N/A||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||3–0||Nick Melton||TKO (punches)||XKK: Lamar||October 10, 2005||1||N/A||Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Anthony White||Submission (punches)||XKK: Trials||August 27, 2005||1||N/A||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jake Hoyer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCS - Throwdown at the T-Bar||July 30, 2005||1||N/A||Ellsworth, Minnesota, United States|
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- John Heinis (September 13, 2013). "Nik Lentz to Conor McGregor: 'You're as Fragile as an Overdone Egg'". Bleacher Report.
- "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. July 22, 2014.
- "UFC Fight Night 20 recap". mmajunkie. January 12, 2010.
- "Dan Hardy criticizes Nik Lentz for his win at all cost style against Andre Winner, accuses him of cheating". MMABay.
- Steve Cofield. "Lentz takes slow-paced fight against Winner at UFC 118". Yahoo!.
- "Nik Lentz vs. Tyson Griffin targeted for UFC 123". mmajunkie.com. September 9, 2010.
- "Lightweights Nik Lentz and Waylon Lowe meet at UFN 24". mmadiehards.com. 2011-02-17.
- "UFC Fight Night 24 play by play and live results". MMAjunkie.
- "Oliveira vs. Lentz on June 26th". ufc.com. 2011-04-27.
- "PSAC: UFC on Versus 4's Oliveira vs. Lentz overturned, declared a no-contest". mmajunkie.com. June 29, 2011.
- "Nik Lentz vs Mark Bocek fight slated for Dec. 10 in Toronto". mmamania.com. 2011-09-12.
- "Evan Dunham vs Nik Lentz announced for UFC on Fox 2 with Paul Sass scratched". mmamania.com. December 26, 2011.
- "UFC 150 in Denver adds Lentz-Mitsuoka". mmajunkie.com. June 4, 2012.
- "UFC 150 results: Nik Lentz dominates Eiji Mitsuoka in featherweight debut". June 12, 2012.
- "Diego Nunes meets Nik Lentz when UFC returns to Brazil on Jan. 19". mmajunkie.com. November 2, 2012.
- Staff (2013-03-25). "Nik Lentz replaces Manny Gamburyan, meets Hacran Dias at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- John Petit (2013-08-23). "Nik Lentz Vs Dennis Bermudez Signed For UFN 31". fighters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Ariel Helwani (2013-09-17). "Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz booked for UFC on FOX 9". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
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- Jacob Cooper (July 10, 2014). "Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz 2 heading to UFC Fight Night 50". cagepages.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
- Staff (2014-09-04). "UFC Fight Night 44 weigh-in results: Headliners good, Oliveira four pounds heavy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
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