Lentz (28-8-2 MMA, 12-5-1 UFC) submitted Brooks (18-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with a second-round guillotine choke, then called out anyone at his former camp, and Brooks’ current camp, American Top Team – with a $50,000 bet on the table. Lentz forced the 5-1 favored Brooks to tap at the 2:05 mark of the second round.
Lentz and Brooks were supposed to fight previously at UFC 216 earlier this fall. But when Lentz suffered from hypoglycemia issues on the eve of the fight, he had to pull out – leaving Brooks, his former teammate, questioning his moxie. But there couldn’t be much questioning after Saturday’s result.
The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.
The two traded kicks early, and Lentz got inside for a short right uppercut. Brooks stayed in the middle and Lentz waited for opportunities to push forward. Just short of two minutes into the round, Brooks drove in for a takedown. It allowed Lentz to go after an arm-in guillotine choke, which forced Brooks to pass his way out of there and back to his feet. Midway through, Brooks put together a solid combination to Lentz’s face, which already was bloodied up.
But Lentz stayed in the pocket and landed a solid right hand. Brooks dropped for another takedown, but bailed on it. With 80 seconds left, Lentz got hold of Brooks’ head and tried to land a knee, but was just off the mark. In the final minute, Lentz took Brooks’ back on the feet looking for a takedown. He landed knees to the legs, then the body.
Brooks sprinted toward Lentz to open the second, but ate a kick to the body. Lentz then came forward with a 1-2 and got inside for a left hand. Lentz just missed a high kick, but kept swinging. Brooks kept pumping jabs out and landeing, but he ate kicks to the body from Lentz shortly after and the two tied up. Lentz kept trying to chase Brooks down and landed.
With three minutes left, Brooks went after a takedown and landed it. But Lentz was opportunistic and grabbed hold of Brooks’ neck for another guillotine attempt. He got it, it was tight, and when he rolled it over Brooks had no choice but to tap.
“I’m a professional, and I hate to say it, but I’d beat my mama up in here if I had to,” Lentz said. “When I left (American Top Team), I’ve gotta admit, I love ATT, but it broke my heart that I had to leave. But they came after me with this fight. So Dan Lambert, I’ve got $50,000 that says there’s no one at ATT who can beat Nik Lentz. Money on the table right now. Who cares (who it is): Line ’em up, from the bottom to the top, like Mortal Kombat.”
Lentz got back in the win column after a February loss to Islam Machachev and now has won three of his past four fights. After winning his UFC debut after signing as a free agent from Bellator, Brooks has lost three straight fights during the first losing skid of his pro career.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:
- Nik Lentz def. Will Brooks via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:05
- Tai Tuivasa def. Rashad Coulter via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 4:35
- Frank Camacho def. Damien Brown via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nadia Kassem def. Alex Chambers via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
- Eric Shelton def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)
- Adam Wieczorek def. Anthony Hamilton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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