Nik Lentz Retires After UFC 257: "I Lost About 40% Of My Vision"

UFC veteran Nik Lentz took off his 6-ounce gloves for a final time after his UFC 257 defeat.

The 25-fight UFC veteran announced his retirement following his split-decision loss to the undefeated Movsar Evloev at UFC 257.

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Lentz would go on to say that he lost over 40% of his vision due to an eye injury, last year but wanted one more go inside of the UFC Octagon.

"They say don’t make rash decisions after a loss, but this one is not rash or even quick for that matter. The injury I suffered to my eyes last year was a career-ender," Lentz wrote. "In total, I lost about 40% of my vision, but I wanted to see what one more hard-fought battle was like with the new eyes. It was clear to me last night that it’s impossible for me to compete at this level anymore. I just can’t lock on to a moving target like I should, and with 40% of my vision practically gone... it’s chaotic to the least."

"My life as a fighter in the best organization on the planet ends here. I am not sad or upset by it, the day comes for everyone. I stand with my head high, God as my redeemer and my children and wife as my treasure,"
Lentz concluded. "Fighting gave those treasures and only ask for a little vision as payment. A trade I would make 100% of the time."

"Thank you to my fans, my coaches, my family and everyone who has been a part of this process. Who knows what comes next for The Carny,"
he concluded. "But I can tell you what it’s not."

Lentz made his UFC debut back in September 2009, where he took a unanimous decision over Rafaello Oliveira.

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