Nik Lentz Recaps UFC Phoenix Victory & Aiming For May Return


Nik Lentz improved his winning streak to two straight after a unanimous decision win over Scott Holtzman at UFC Fight Night Phoenix.

The fighter was transported to a local hospital after the bout, but things didn’t look so bad after somebody came in with a much bigger injury.

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“Obviously like you said, I wanted to finish him. I thought I had that guillotine for a second, but like I said…he is super strong, a super good athlete. I was pretty happy with the performance, but the only thing was that by the end of the fight…I was tired, there’s no doubt. I was freakin’ having a heart attack after that fight, they carted me in the back and they wouldn’t let me do my interviews or anything. They threw me into the ambulance for no reason…because I was fine, but I got to spend a couple of hours in the hospital and I was sitting in the hospital and some guy came in that got shot with a shotgun. I was sitting in there looking at myself and I was like ‘well, I guess I don’t have it so bad,’” says Lentz in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.

Lentz’s win did end a three fight winning streak for Holtzman and it was also the first time Holtzman has been beaten in over two years.

A victorious Lentz is now looking towards his next UFC appearance, which Lentz wants to happen later this Spring.

“I’m thinking May or June, I didn’t go into too much detail about this one…but before the fight, I was in good shape for this fight. But I spent a lot of the fight (camp) with the flu, I spent a lot of time…I almost had to go to the hospital because the temperature was so high and stuff like that. I have a little bit of a lung infection still, so I gotta get that cleared up. Besides that, we’re right back at it. If I could…my coaches won’t let me, I was at the gym today and they yelled at me. They actually locked the door when I came and they wouldn’t let me in, I went to the gym a little bit today…but they’re gonna make me take a couple of weeks off. I probably won’t, I’ll probably go to the gym anyways. I won’t get hit in the head for a couple of weeks, we’ll try to schedule a new fight and try to get right back in there,” says Lentz.

There are seven UFC events scheduled between May and June, meaning that Lentz has plenty of opportunities to fight in that target date.

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