Nik Lentz is preparing for battle against Russian MMA standout Islam Makhachev this weekend at UFC 208.
Lentz, who likes to try and rattle his opponents through social media, was shocked at the support that Makhachev receives through the medium.
“I always talk trash on social media,” Lentz told MMA Junkie. “It’s fun. Some people take it so seriously, so that makes it even better. I’ve called out Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn, and I don’t know if you guys know this, but if you fight someone from Russia, from Khabib (Nurmagomedov’s) team, holy crap. I thought I knew what my social media blowing up was before that, but I’m not even going to tell you what people sent me.”
Lentz had used social media to attempt to get a fight with UFC Hall Of Fame member BJ Penn, but that didn’t work out for him. Lentz has learned his lesson, at least when it comes to using social media against Makhachev, especially after opening his Instagram page one day.
“I opened my Instagram one time – it was like, you have 700 private messages,” Lentz said. “Seven hundred? What the hell? I clicked through them, and it was not good. Sometimes it (went) through Google translate, but it was just not good.”
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.