Nik Lentz earned his ninth UFC victory Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 40, dominating Manny Gamburyan to earn a decision victory. The win was his first since a loss to Chad Mendes late last year.
Lentz (24-6-2) has now gone 9-3 with one no-contest inside the Octagon, and believes he should be ranked higher than his current standing of ninth.
“I believe I am in the Top-3,” Lentz said. “Any of you guys in the Top-10 think you can beat me, I am standing right here. Come and get some.”
The former University of Minnesota wrestler used his quickness to take Gamburyan down countless times. Once he get him on the canvas, that is where Lentz was in control, landing knees to the body and legs.
“It went exactly how I wanted it to,” he said. “He hits hard, but he never landed any good shots. He is a super-tough veteran, one of the toughest guys in here, and it was a good test for me.”
Lentz had his three-fight win streak snapped by Mendes in December. Prior to that, he had defeated Hacran Dias, Diego Nunes and Eiji Mitsuoka. Other notable victories on his resume include decisions wins over Tyson Griffin, Andre Winner and Drew Fickett.
Gamburyan (13-8) has not won since a victory last August over Cole Miller. His most recent fight – a loss to Dennis Siver – was changed to a no-contest after Siver failed his post-fight drug test. Gamburyan is 4-5 inside the Octagon, with a loss to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo coming in the WEC.