Nick Lentz (pictured) was pretty fired up after a successful featherweight debut - Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Two fighters looking to climb the featherweight rankings are set to square off on Jan. 19, 2013, in the UFC's next venture into Brazil. Diego Nunes, who will be trying to earn back a top spot in the featherweight division, faces off with Nik Lentz, who recently dropped down from lightweight.
Never bring a "Carny" to a "Gun" fight.
Earlier today, MMA Diehards reported that Diego Nunes and Nik Lentz are on a collision course for the UFC's next Brazilian show on Jan. 19, 2013. The event was recently revealed, and as usual, the UFC loves to release details on a ton of fights from the card immediately afterward.
A key factor behind Nunes' rough stretch has been an apparent timidity to create striking exchanges, but he turned it all around in his most recent win over Palaszewski, earning "Fight of the Night" in the process. "The Gun" likes to mix it up standing, with a fondness for some lesser-used techniques, which makes him a very difficult opponent for which to prepare.
With a win over the resurgent Lentz, Nunes would be on a two-fight win streak and one step closer to where he was before Kenny Florian took his top spot in the featherweight division.
Lentz, meanwhile, was once considered a bathroom break fighter in the UFC, but he has found himself a fan favorite after stringing together a series of solid showings inside the Octagon. "The Carnie" was putting on great fights with the likes of Charles Oliveira and Evan Dunham, but he was just too small to make an impact at lightweight.
With an impressive first round technical knockout over Eiji Mitsuoka in his 145-pound debut earlier this year, Lentz has already made his name known as a solid newcomer to the featherweight ranks. He is a self-proclaimed hard worker, and it shows in his gritty performances. It would make a huge impression if he could dispatch of such a talented fighter as Nunes ... especially in hostile territory.
Who are you favoring heading into this featherweight attraction, Maniacs?