After 45 skilled fights, together with 25 appearances within the UFC, Nik Lentz is strolling away from MMA competitors.
On Saturday, in what could be his closing combat, Lentz (30-12-2 MMA, 14-9-1 UFC) misplaced a cut up choice to Movsar Evloev on the UFC 257 prelims.
Afterward, the 36-year-old launched a press release asserting his retirement alongside a picture of him sporting facial injury from the Evloev combat. Lentz pointed to a serious eye injury sustained towards Arnold Allen in January 2020 as a significant factor in his choice to hold up his gloves.
“They are saying don’t make rash choices after a loss, however this one shouldn’t be rash and even fast for that matter,” Lentz wrote. “The harm I suffered to my eyes final 12 months was a career-ender. In complete I misplaced about 40% of my imaginative and prescient, however I wished to see what another hard-fought battle was like with the brand new eyes. It was clear to me final night time that it’s inconceivable for me to compete at this stage anymore. I simply can’t lock on to a shifting goal like I ought to, and with 40% of my imaginative and prescient virtually gone… it’s chaotic to (say) the least.
“My life as fighter in the most effective group on the planet ends right here. I’m not unhappy or upset by it, the day comes for everybody. I stand with my head excessive, God as my redeemer and my youngsters and spouse as my treasure. Combating gave these treasures and solely ask for a little bit imaginative and prescient as fee. A commerce I’d make 100% of the time.”
“Thanks to my followers, my coaches, my household and everybody who has been part of this course of. Who is aware of what comes subsequent for The Carny…. however I can inform you what it’s not.”
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Lentz made his UFC debut at UFC 103 in 2009. He by no means challenged for title gold over his 12-year UFC profession, however he confronted a few of the hardest opponents at featherweight and light-weight, together with Chad Mendes, Grey Maynard, Islam Makhachev, and Charles Oliveira thrice.
Notable UFC wins for Lentz embrace Maynard, Will Brooks, Manny Gamburyan, Tyson Griffin, Hacran Dias, Danny Castillo, and Scott Holtzman.
Try Lentz’s retirement put up beneath:
UFC 257 occurred Saturday at Etihad Area on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The primary card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.