Nik Lentz
The Carny

USA

Fight with Penn no longer on table
FeatherweightUFC
September 5, 2019
Lentz is no longer in line to fight B.J. Penn after UFC President Dana White declared this week that Penn is out of the UFC, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
While neither a date nor a time was set for the proposed matchup, Lentz was expected to take on the beleaguered UFC superstar in what was supposed to be a retirement fight for Penn. While nobody can deny Penn is a former champion, the 40-year-old has lost seven fights in a row and hasn't earned a win since 2010. While this fight drew plenty of criticism, the last straw for White and the UFC was a video that surfaced that appeared to show Penn getting knocked out in a street fight. Rather than get a matchup where Lentz would enter as a heavy favorite, he'll now be looking for a new opponent.
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Will fight Penn next
FeatherweightUFC
July 26, 2019
Lentz is set to square off against BJ Penn at an undetermined time and location for his next fight, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz is 3-3 over his last six UFC fights, and is coming off a loss to Charles Oliveira via TKO (punches). He will have a relatively good chance to turn things around against Penn, who has lost a UFC-record seven straight bouts.
Knocked out by Charles Oliveira
FeatherweightUFC
May 18, 2019
Lentz lost to Charles Oliveira via TKO (punches) at 2:11 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
ANALYSIS
Lentz has now fought Oliveira three times and he has two losses and a no-contest to show for it. It might be time to move onto a different opponent. The fact Lentz was knocked out by a guy who hadn't scored a stoppage win via strikes since 2010 is highly concerning. Lentz gets by on the strength of his wrestling game and cardio, so if his chin is truly starting to go, he's in a whole heap of trouble moving forward. Always known as one of the more active fighters on the roster, Lentz has fought six times since February 2017, going 3-3 in that span
Gets trilogy fight with Oliveira
FeatherweightUFC
April 15, 2019
Lentz will take on Charles Oliveira in a lightweight matchup at UFC Rochester on May 18, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Lentz is 3-2 over his last five UFC fights, and while he's won his last two, the most recent loss on his ledger is to David Teymur, who happens to be the most recent victim of Oliveira. While Oliveira will enter this fight with distinct height and reach advantages, Lentz holds the slight edge in both striking volume and striking differential. The real issues Lentz may face will come in the grappling department, as he sports just a 44 percent takedown defense in the UFC. The two fought back in June of 2011, where Oliveira was credited with four passes, but struck Lentz with an illegal knee in the second round to ultimately rule the bout a no-contest. Fast forward to 2015, where Lentz was defeated via third-round submission (guillotine) after falling behind in the striking battle 64 to 37. Lentz will need to do a better job of keeping this fight standing if he expects a different result this time around.
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.
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.