MMAWeekly.com is reporting that a bout between hard-nosed lightweight fighters Nik Lentz and Tyson Griffin is currently in the works and is likely headed to UFC 123.
Well-established lightweight fighter Tyson Griffin has hit a run of bad luck lately, posting two losses in a row to Evan Dunham (split-decision) and Takanori Gomi (knock out), respectively. Griffin has hovered near the top of the UFC’s lightweight division for the better part of his career but has not yet been able to break through to the top tier yet. The Xtreme Couture-trained fighter owns notable UFC wins over Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Marcus Aurelio, Rafael dos Anjos and Hermes Franca. His Octagon losses have come against Gomi, Dunham, Sean Sherk and Frankie Edgar. Griffin will need a win in this fight to prove that he can be more than a gatekeeper in the 155lb division.
Nik “The Carnie” Lentz traines out of Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under respected head trainer Greg Nelson. Lentz is a veteran of over twenty MMA fights and is most noted for his wrestling ability. He entered the UFC at UFC 103 against Rafaello Oliveira and took home a unanimous decision win. He posted a draw to Thiago Tavares afterwards and is currently on a two-fight win streak with victories over Robert Emerson and Andre Winner. His most recent fight, against Winner, has drawn criticism for being too safe and less-than-exciting. Lentz will look to prove the doubters wrong when he takes on Griffin.
UFC 123 has yet to be officially announced by the UFC but is expected to take place at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan this November 20th. The card is expected to feature a bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as well as the possible return of former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn.