90.3
TKO (Punches)
7:11
      This fight started with a decent bit of scrapping, Oliveira was picking apart Lentz with his range, and then Lentz tried to force a takedown, but Oliveira reversed him immediately. The round ended with Oliveira on top, dropping elbows on Lentz's bloody face. Round one clearly goes to Oliveira.
     Oliveira threw some wild strikes to start the second round, Lentz grabbed him and took him down, Oliveira slapped on a guillotine choke, Lentz tapped once, I guess that wasn't enough, so the fight continued. Lentz popped his head free, threw an elbow, Oliveira threw an upkick, tried to setup a triangle, and the referee paused the fight due to the illegal upkick. The referee started them back on the ground, with Lentz on top, but Oliveira popped back up almost immediately, and then knocked out Lentz. That was a strong performance by Oliveira, continuing his 5-Fight winning streak. That's a tough loss for Lentz.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys started out striking, they both looked pretty aggressive, and then Lentz started grinding his way into back control, as he was trying to drag Holtzman to the ground. He wasn't able to bring him to the ground, but Lentz still controlled the clinching, so round one should go to Lentz.
     Holtzman's boxing looked solid in the second round, as he was able to land some nice counters, and he knocked Lentz off balance a few times, forcing Lentz to work for some grappling again. Lentz locked on a guillotine choke, and then rolled with it, resulting in a mounted guillotine choke, but Holtzman was able to pop his head free with a minute left in the round. I have Lentz ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Holtzman slaughtering Lentz's face with punches, leaving him a bloody mess, his face was fucking mauled. Lentz spent some time digging for a takedown, but Holtzman did a good job defending against it. By the end of the fight, Lentz looked like he CLEARLY got his ass kicked, so... I don't know... I was going to score this fight 29-28 for Lentz, but I honestly think Holtzman deserves to win this one, based on damage alone. All 3 judges gave the 29-28 unanimous decision victory to Nik Lentz.
88.7
TKO (Head Kick & Punches)
6:19
      These guys traded a few strikes, and Lentz rocked Maynard 55 seconds into the opening round with a big combination, capped off by a clean right hook. Lentz then clinched and pressed Maynard against the fence. Lentz continued to beat the shit out of Maynard for a couple of minutes, and then he took down Maynard halfway through the round, pinning him against the fence, where he locked on a tight guillotine choke, but Maynard was able to roll out of it. Lentz still ended up on top, where he dropped some short elbows and punches. Lentz opened up with some wild punches with 30 seconds left in the round, and Maynard did JUST ENOUGH to stay in the fight, but that was still a 10-8 round for Lentz.
     The second round started with Lentz poking Maynard in the eye. After a brief pause, Maynard came back out looking refreshed. Maynard blasted Lentz with some big combinations, Lentz fired back with some big combinations, and then knocked Maynard down with a fast head kick, followed it up with some punches against the fence, and the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a good win for Nik Lentz, but Maynard is pretty washed up, so I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that he'll retire soon.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Teymur dropped Lentz a minute into the round, but he popped back up and they continued to fight. They continued to box with each other, and then Teymur poked Lentz in the eye repeatedly, and then grabbed the fence to prevent a takedown attempt from Lentz, and the referee just casually told him to watch it, but didn't pause the fight or anything, even though Lentz was clearly fucked up from the eye gouging. The second round was another round of kickboxing, with Teymur winning both of the first two rounds. By the end of the third round, Lentz was all fucked up, with a big cut under his right eye, and he had big welts on his legs. That was a good unanimous decision victory for Teymur, but it's hard to cheer for people who gouge out other people's eyes.
89.6
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
7:05
      These guys traded a few strikes back & forth, and then Brooks took down Lentz 2 minutes into the opening round, Lentz tried to catch him in a guillotine choke, couldn't quite get it, so they both stood back up and reset. They both blasted each other with some big punches, and Brooks looked like he was still interested in trying to take the fight to the ground again, but Lentz was keeping his distance by throwing bombs. Lentz grabbed the head of Brooks and blasted him with some heavy knees in the center of the cage. Lentz finished the round by clinching with the back of Brooks while pressing him against the fence, throwing knees to his thighs. Round one could probably go either way, but I'm going to score it just slightly in favor of Lentz.
     The second round had both guys trading some big strikes again, until Brooks took down Lentz 2 minutes into the round, Lentz caught him in a tight guillotine choke on the way down, he flipped him over into a mounted guillotine choke, and Brooks was forced to submit. That was a fantastic finish by Nik Lentz against a former Bellator Champion.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched 20 seconds into the round, and Makhachev pressed Lentz against the fence. Makhachev tripped Lentz to the ground one minute into the opening round. Lentz slapped on a guillotine choke, but Makhachev was able to pull his head free a few seconds later. Makhachev continued to plow forward, grinding the shit out of Lentz with his wrestling. Lentz almost kicked him off at one point, but Makhachev's wrestling is relentless. Makhachev controlled that entire first round, but did zero damage on the ground, he mostly just tried to press Lentz through the ground the entire time. Lentz stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, only to get taken down again. Lentz slapped on another guillotine choke with around 30 seconds left in the round, and Makhachev just kind of laid there until the end of the round. Round one goes to Makhachev, but he really didn't do much other than try to drain Lentz with his grinding style of wrestling.
     Lentz was a little more aggressive at the start of the second round, as he came out swinging, and working over Makhachev with his striking. Makhachev fired back with some heavy kicks. Makhachev clinched again, and then tripped Lentz to the ground 90 seconds into the round again. Makhachev continued to grind all over Lentz, while working some basic ground & pound, Lentz tried to find another guillotine choke, but Makhachev was basically in full mount, so that went nowhere. Makhachev BASICALLY locked on a Von Flue choke, even though Lentz wasn't holding onto a guillotine, but Makhachev was forcing his head into the armpit of Lentz, so it almost kind of worked. He eventually gave it up, and just finished out the round wrestling the shit out of Lentz still. Makhachev is clearly winning this fight, 2-0, those rounds could potentially be 10-8 rounds with the new scoring system, and Lentz is going to need a finish if he has any interest in winning this fight going into the final round.
     Lentz came out swinging in the final round, Makhachev hurt him with a body kick, and Lentz went for a takedown, but Makhachev threw him to the ground instead, landing back in half mount. Makhachev continued to grind the shit out of Lentz, and he started working for a Kimura with 2 minutes left in the round, and then gave that up, in favor of dropping some short elbows. Makhachev took Lentz's back with a minute left in the fight, and dropped some heavy punches, finally delivering some serious damage late in the final round. He went for a rear-naked choke with 30 seconds left in the round, but Lentz just used that opportunity to scramble back to his feet, only to get whipped back to the ground again to finish out the round. Makhachev is pretty clearly going to win this fight, probably 30-24. All 3 judges agree, obviously, giving Makhachev the unanimous decision victory.
90.0
TKO (Punches)
9:17
      McBride is making his UFC debut on 9 days notice. They clashed in the middle early, they both looked kind of slow, but Lentz BLASTED McBride with some HEAVY punches, rocking the shit out of him, and he took him down a couple of times, pretty much bullying the clumsy looking McBride. McBride stood back up one minute into the round, and Lentz easily tripped him back to the ground from the clinch. The same exact thing happened again, but McBride caught him in a leg lock for a few seconds, which Lentz scrambled out of, and then he battered McBride with some big punches & elbows from an awkward looking mount. Lentz continued to pound on him, and then pulled guard with a guillotine, but McBride quickly escaped, so Lentz went back to pounding on him from another awkward top position. McBride is digging for some desperate leg lock attempts, but in the meantime, Lentz is pretty much schooling him with his wrestling & striking on the ground. McBride is landing some interesting elbows & punches from his back, but Lentz pretty much dominated him for the duration of that round. Round one very clearly goes to Nick Lentz.
     They both came out throwing slow bombs to start the second round. McBride dropped Lentz with a punch, and immediately grabbed his back inside the first 45 seconds of the second round. Lentz stood back up, there was an awkward tired scramble, and Lentz grabbed a guillotine choke, and then transitioned to back control. McBride went for a Kimura, Lentz countered with a rear-naked choke, and McBride rolled to his back, allowing Lentz to move to full mount. McBride tried to stand up, and Lentz yanked him back to the ground, and started working for an arm-triangle choke. McBride has a pretty crazy ground game with his scrambles, and submission attempts, but Lentz is still pretty much dominating him with his wrestling and ground & pound. Lentz was riding McBride's back near the end of the second round, and he unloaded some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a great UFC debut for McBride considering he took a tough fight on 9 days notice, but Lentz looked pretty strong tonight. He looked slow as shit, but his grappling & power punching looked strong.
89.0
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This fight was a pretty even boxing match, until they clinched, and Lentz threw Castillo with an amazing Judo throw, flinging Castillo to the ground. They continued to grapple for a few, until Lentz locked on a tight guillotine choke. That choke looked pretty close, but after a minute or so, Castillo was able to slip his head out of it. Lentz then locked on another guillotine, and Castillo slipped out again. Castillo then jumped into a slick arm-triangle choke, but Lentz kept ahold of him with his legs, keeping Castillo stuck in his guard. They eventually stood back up, and Lentz landed some pretty big punches, while they both looked somewhat exhausted. Castillo landed some really hard looping punches in the final 30 seconds of the round. There was a wild scramble in the final 10 seconds, with Lentz ending up clinching with the back of Castillo. Fun round overall, but I think I'd score it for Lentz. Lentz did a good job picking apart a tired Castillo in the second round with some big punches & kicks, and he even secured another takedown halfway through the round. They stood back up, and Lentz continued to beat up Castillo on the feet, locking on another tight guillotine choke in the final 90 seconds, but he slipped off, and Castillo ended up in side control. Lentz hopped right back to his feet in a matter of seconds though. Castillo's cardio doesn't seem to be holding up these days. I have the fight scored 2-0 for Nik Lentz going into the final round, but it COULD be all tied up, I'm not sure. Lentz flipped Castillo on his head from the clinch again to start the third round. Castillo secured a takedown 90 seconds into the round, but Lentz caught him in a guillotine on the way down. Castillo slipped out, and tried to pass Lentz's guard. They stood back up, and Castillo poked Lentz in the left eye a couple of times. Lentz continued to beat up Castillo on the feet, and Castillo secured another takedown, but Lentz popped right back up. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 in favor of Nik Lentz, because of his striking, his constant pressure, and his submission attempts, as well as a few throws. Castillo secured some takedowns, showed decent boxing, and decent wrestling control, but in the end, his cardio lost the fight for him in my opinion. WAR NIK LENTZ!!! One dumb judge gave the fight to Castillo, but the other two judges gave it to Lentz, via split-decision.
93.7
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
11:10
      OH SHIT. This was the best fight of the night. This fight was fucking outstanding! Oliveira is fucking awesome, showing some nice elbows from the clinch, as well as OBVIOUSLY he has some amazing submission skills, always dangerous from all positions on the ground. Oliveira clearly won the first round, pretty much destroying Lentz. The second round was all about Lentz getting revenge, as he slammed Oliveira down on his head, and fucking destroyed him, beating the living shit out of him up against the cage on the ground. So going into the third round, it's all tied up. Lentz looked like he might be headed towards a victory in the third round as well, until Oliveira went crazy with a scramble, locked on a guillotine choke, hanging onto Lentz, dragging him to the ground, flipping him over, ending up with a full mount guillotine, forcing Lentz to eventually submit. FUCKING AWESOME FIGHT!!! And huge submission victory for Charles Oliveira.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good scrap, a lot of huge knees being delivered by Lentz, he secured a few takedowns, and overall, he was just WAY too big for Manny. I'm not sure why Manny is fighting at 145 right now, it seems like he'd be better suited at 135 or something. But yeah, Nik Lentz pretty much dominated this entire fight, except one moment in the third round, where Gamburyan looked like he might secure some sort of arm lock, but he didn't get it, and Lentz ended up probably winning that round as well. Good fight, but I feel kind of bad for Manny.
90.6
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a pretty big deal to me, because going into it, I had Chad Mendes ranked as #4, and Nik Lentz as #7, so it was two top guys at 145, working for POSSIBLY a title shot or something (as far as I'm concerned). With that being said, Chad Mendes beat the crap out of Lentz in the first round, nearly knocking him out, and just dominating him the entire round. The second round, I was going to give to Lentz, because Mendes seemed to lose steam, and Lentz was making a comeback, but Mendes secured some takedowns, that ended up making that round a draw on my scorecard. The third round, Lentz did a pretty good job, but in the end, it was pretty obvious that Mendes won the fight. Still, Lentz put up a hell of a fight. Good show overall.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Holy shit! The American won in Brazil! After an entire card, where the Brazilians have been kicking the shit out of all of the Americans, finally Nik Lentz steps up, and beats the living shit out of Hacran Dias for the first two rounds. Granted, Dias won the third round, no questions asked, but NIK LENTZ WON A DECISION IN BRAZIL! One of the judges scored the fight 28-27, which was kind of strange, but other than that, the 29-28 scorecards pretty much described the fight. Excellent job Nik Lentz!
88.2
Decision
15:00
      There was really no question about this fight. I wanted Diego Nunes to win, because whenever he had a chance to strike, he was going wild, but he just wasn't able to defend against Lentz's takedowns, so Lentz was able to control 90% of the fight. Lentz definitely won the first 2 rounds, I gave the third round to Nunes due to his huge explosion at the very end, but in the end, Lentz clearly wins via unanimous decision.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
3:45
     Nik Lentz looked good in this fight. Mitsuoka did not. Nik Lentz basically just absolutely dominated Mitsuoka with his wrestling skills, taking him down at will, eventually getting on the back of Mitsuoka, following that up with a ton of punches to both sides of his head, and Lentz wins via TKO. Good featherweight debut for Lentz!
91.0
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      Damn!!! Pretty crazy fight here. I gave the first round to Nik Lentz, his grappling seemed to be better, and his striking also looked really good. The second round, Dunham knew he needed to be more aggressive, and he basically beat the living shit out of Nik Lentz for the entire round (there were a few exchanges that turned into Rock 'em Sock 'em style shit), but ultimately, Dunham's ground & pound was the name of the game here, and he cut Lentz's lower eyelid on his left eye BADLY, forcing the referee to stop the fight after the second round. Crazy fight overall, and BOTH guys looked like badasses.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good grappling match, with Mark Bocek taking the fight to the ground in all 3 rounds, and beating up Lentz with his ground & pound, and Lentz spent the entire fight going for submissions, mostly failed guillotines, but also a couple of wacky inverted choke attempts, like a triangle while dangling from Bocek's back, but ultimately, Bocek won all 3 rounds, and all 3 judges agreed.
91.1
No Contest (Lentz Struck by Illegal Knee)
6:48
      First off, I think the "You can't throw a knee to the head of a downed opponent" is a dumb rule, I'm all for bringing back that ability, because it was awesome in Pride, and it's a legit technique. So with that being said, fuck the commission, I'm going to give the victory points to Oliveira here, for beating Lentz's ass. Don't get me wrong, Lentz put up a HELL of a fight, and the entire experience was pretty amazing, both guys going full force, so they both deserve to move up in the rankings, but Oliveira opened up a can of whoop ass, throwing an "illegal" knee to the head of Lentz while he was trying to stand up, and then Oliveira continued to batter him until he eventually finished him with a rear-naked choke. I fully understand that knees on the ground are brutal, BUT GET RID OF THIS STUPID RULE, it's a badass technique, and it needs to be available to these fighters. If you don't want to take a knee to the head while on the ground, learn to defend against it. Great fight by both guys, but an unfortunate technicality plagued the ending.
88.9
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
12:24
     The first two rounds of this fight were ok, but nothing special. Lowe probably won the first round with a takedown, he took Lentz down in the second round, but I gave it to Lentz, because he landed more strikes. They started to brawl a little bit in the third round, and that exchange ended with Lentz locking on a tight guillotine choke, forcing Lowe to submit. Good finish to an otherwise "meh" fight.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     This was another one of those fights that could have gone either way. Nik Lentz secured a few takedowns, Griffin showed he's still the King of the Scramble, both guys were pretty active throughout the entire fight, battling for position, both guys landed a few nice shots, etc... In the end, the judges gave the fight to Lentz via split-decision, and I'm ok with that.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      This was another sort of slow paced fight, where Nik Lentz completely dominated Winner with his takedowns, spending the majority of all 3 rounds, on the ground, on top, throwing simple punches, but nothing doing any damage, and Winner had no offense at all really. So yeah, Nik Lentz clearly won this fight with a 3 round grinding decision, but it was hard to get excited about anything, other than a few seconds in the third round where it looked like he MIGHT be able to go for a rear-naked choke, but he never really went for the finish.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, that was a fairly close fight. I thought Lentz won the first round, with a takedown, and some basic grappling control. Lentz was doing well in the second round, but Emerson rocked him with some punches, so even though Lentz came back from that, I gave the second round to Emerson. The third round was all Lentz, taking the fight to the ground, and keeping control for the entire round, so even though Emerson probably did more damage overall, Lentz won this one on my card, 29-28, and the judges agreed (one judge gave him all 3 rounds).
89.0
Draw (Majority)
15:00
      This was a really close fight, sort of. I personally gave all 3 rounds to Tavares, except in the third round, Lentz got kicked in the nuts, so a point was taken away from Tavares, which would have made that round a tie. I guess ultimately, this fight being declared a draw is probably a pretty accurate way to score the fight, but since we don't generally do draws here, I'm going to go ahead and give the fight to Tavares, because without that nut shot, I really think this fight would have gone to Tavares.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      I'm not really sure why they decided to show this fight at the end of the PPV, out of all the other options available, but yeah, decent fight for the most part. Oliveira started out strong, taking Lentz to the ground a few times, but Lentz was able to counter all of that with 9,000 guillotine choke attempts. Lentz was also able to show some decent defensive wrestling, as well as some solid Jiu-Jitsu, and ok striking. In the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Nik Lentz, and so did all 3 judges, therefore, Lentz wins via unanimous decision.