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Nik Lentz steps up for injured Paul Sass to face Evan Dunham at UFC on FOX 2

The UFC on FOX 2 card continues to shake up a bit as UFC officials announced that Nik Lentz will replace Paul Sass against Evan Dunham. The lightweight bout will remain on the preliminary portion of the card. Sass suffered an injury while training and there is no return date set.

It’s a quick turnaround for Lentz, who recently fought at UFC 140, dropping a unanimous decision to Mark Bocek. Prior to that loss, “The Carny” was unbeaten in the UFC, posting five wins, a draw, and a loss to Charles Oliveira that was overturned to a no contest after it was determined that an illegal knee led to the finish. Lentz holds victories over the likes of Tyson Griffin, Andre Winner, and Drew Fickett.

Dunham is coming off a dominating decision victory over Shamar Bailey at UFC Fight Night 25. The Oregon native had lost back-to-back bouts to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard before snapping his losing streak against Bailey.

UFC on FOX 2 is scheduled for January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The night will be headlined by a pair of #1 contender bouts as light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Phil Davis battle in the main event while middleweights Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz square off in the co-main event. Michael Bisping-Demian Maia will also take place on the same card.


  • MCM says:

    Lentz is boring fighter, arguably the most boring fighter in the UFC. But he wins, and I think a lot of people are gonna underestimate him in this one. I think he has the skills to take the decision if he gets Dunham down, may be able to submit him. But I hope Evan knocks his ass out instead.

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  • Creature says:

    I think Lentz is going to get totally outclassed here, Dunham easily has the better stand up, and i think has the wrestling/BJJ skills to make Lentz uncomfortable in any position they might get into on the matt.

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