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Emotional Nik Lentz Improves To 2-0 At Featherweight

Nik Lentz pushed his featherweight record to 2-0 Saturday night at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping, defeating Diego Nunes via unanimous decision.

For Lentz, the win gave him something to present to his father back home as he continues his battle with cancer.

“This is the first fight he hasn’t been able to come to,” Lentz said. “I miss him. He got me into fighting.”

Lentz (23-5-2) moved down to featherweight after a pair of losses to Mark Bocek and Evan Dunham. He stopped Eiji Mitsuoka back in August, and landed 56 significant strikes to topple Nunes.

“It didn’t go exactly as planned, but was pretty close,” Lentz said. “He had a little more power and has gotten better in striking; overall, he was really tough, but I told people he wouldn’t be able to handle my aggressiveness.”

Nunes, who appeared ready to compete for the UFC title before a loss to Kenny Florian in 2011, fell to 18-4 in his career and 2-3 in his last five.