Another key victory that took place Saturday night at UFC on FX 8, other than Vitor Belfort’s stoppage win over Luke Rockhold (which you will end up seeing thousands of times now during your lifetime), was Nik Lentz’s decision victory over Hacran Dias. Sure Lentz had to weather a pretty significant storm from Dias in round three, but at the end of the day, the noted wrestler became the first man in ten fights to defeat the Brazilian.
In addition, the victory was Lentz’s third in a row since he dropped from lightweight to 145 pounds, as the 24-5 fighter has also scored wins over Eiji Mitsuoka and Diego Nunes. In other words, things are going pretty well in the Minnesota fighter’s career as of late, and as result, Lentz is hoping to fight one of the division’s very best next.
“We definitely want me to be fighting top 5 guys, preferably in the Untied States. I’ve been traveling a lot, like to Brazil for my past two fights, so I’ve put in my dues. I’d like to get back to the States, and I’d like it to be against a name guy.”
The 28 year-old vet also revealed that the most serious injury he incurred from UFC on FX 8, was having his thumb cut by the doctor as they removed his wraps…Not exactly the kind of thing you hear every day. Lentz added, however, “I’ll be okay.”
As far as Dias, Lentz had nothing but praise for the Nova Uniao fighter, stating he believes the featherweight will “be ranked pretty high eventually.” Maybe they’ll meet again somewhere down the line?