January 28, 2012

Lentz Stopped By Dunham In Chicago At UFC On Fox 2

One of several former University of Minnesota wrestlers competing in mixed martial arts, Nik Lentz has made a mark in the UFC. In his ninth fight competing in the octagon, Lentz took on Evan Dunham and lost by second round TKO. The matchup was the feature fight of the UFC on Fox 2 Prelims broadcast live on Fuel TV.

Lentz last UFC fight ended with a disappointing decision loss to Canadian Mark Bocek. Despite being the only fighter close to finishing the fight, Bocek took the decision in Toronto as he spent the majority of the fight on the top position.

A much more aggressive Lentz pushed the pace in the first round landing some solid strikes and battling in several grappling situations. That pace continued into the second round, but midway through the round the two fighters engaged in a back-and-forth battle of punches. One of the strikes by Dunham landed in the left eye of Lentz. It immediately displayed damage and the remaining minutes were taken by Dunham. At the end of the round, the ringside doctor determined that the eye was too damaged for Lentz to safely continue and the fight was stopped.

With the victory, Evan Dunham improves to 13-2 (6-2 in the UFC) while Lentz falls to 21-5-2 (5-2-1; 1 NC in the UFC).

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