UFC on FOX 2 fight card: Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz preview and breakdown

On Sat., Jan. 28, 2012, the UFC on FOX 2 prelims will display a lightweight exchange between Evan Dunham (L) and Nik Lentz (R) that is sure to have the Chicago crowd standing and cheering. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Especially when that plan involves a bout between two fighters who share an insatiable blood lust and an intestinal fortitude that will not allow them to quit.

Sometimes, a fight just has insane implications from the outset. You knew Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan were going to swing for the fences until somebody made them quit. Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz was another similar match up between two fighters who like to inflict punishment -- and aren't afraid to take some in the process.

On Sat., Jan. 28, 2012, the UFC on FOX 2 under card from the United Center in Chicago, Ill., will pit lightweights Evan Dunham and Nik Lentz against each other in a showdown that should net somebody (or both fighters) a big, fat bonus check.

Follow me after the jump for a complete breakdown of the UFC on FOX 2 lightweight fight between Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz:

Dunham is 12-2 in his 14 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) contests. In those 14 bouts, nine were finished by a submission or (technical) knockout. Even his fights that went to decisions were (for the most part) crazy crowd-pleasers. Lentz is no stranger to finishing fights, either. Of his 21 victories, 15 have come by a finish of some sort. He comes to battle and he'll certainly be bringing it on Saturday night.

Technically, Dunham should be favored. As a former top lightweight contender, he was once acclaimed for his skill set and his tremendous upside. However, after suffering a slight fall from grace (via a two-fight losing streak at the hands of Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard), "3-D" was able to get back on track with a very impressive unanimous decision win over Shamar Bailey at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17, 2011.

Lentz' last fight also went to a judges decision, though the scorecard favored his opponent, Mark Bocek, at UFC 140 in Toronto, Canada, on Sept. 10, 2011.

Either way, this one should definitely create some highlight footage, as well as some water cooler conversation fodder for the next work day.

That's a wrap for now. Be sure to share your thoughts on this fight and more in the comments section below.

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See you then!

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