Under The Radar: Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz
By Ben Jessop
The UFC take over Rochester, NY this weekend to showcase Fight Night 152, hosting an unpredictable main event between Kevin Lee and Rafael Dos Anjos at welterweight.
After losing to Al Laquinta back in December, Kevin Lee’s presence in the welterweight division is yet to be properly felt, and with RDA is also on a two-fight skid, against Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman this is the fight to make a new wave within the division.
We’ve also had some controversy in the fact that Neil Magny had to withdraw from the bout after a failed USADA test. It’s easy to see why it’s hard to generate any traction for fights, even on the main card, let alone the prelims, where undefeated Aspen Ladd looks to make it eight straight wins against Sijara Eubanks.
I’m here to shine some much needed light on a fight I think is bound to deliver this weekend: Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz.
Both fighters boast experienced resumes, Charles Oliveria stands at 26-8-0 and Nik Lentz at 30-9-2 and these two know how to show their mastered skills off in the octagon.
Nik Lentz is currently on the back of two wins, one against Gray Maynard in October 2018 via a head kick KO and Scott Holtzman in February 2019 where he took the win via a unanimous decision.
After losing to Paul Felder in December of 2017, Charles Oliveria looks to take his win streak to five. Taking strong wins over Clay Guida (June 18), Christos Giagos (September 2018), Jim Miller (December 2018) and David Teymur in February of 2019 – It is worth noting that not one of these fights made it to the bell. Oliveria was able to submit all four within two rounds so Nik Lentz will have to be supremely cautious of going to the ground with Oliveria.
Most of Nik Lentz wins come via decision, split or unanimous, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lentz attempt to hold off Oliveria until the very last minute but we can expect an onslaught of violence from Oliveria in the early stages. It will be extremely interesting to see how Lentz plans to hold him at bay and how Oliveria plans to break down the defence and secure the submission without taking too much damage in the process.
This fight might just be the hidden gem amongst the main card.