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UFC Fight Night 40: Manny Gamburyan Vs. Nik Lentz

ufc fight night 40

Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz

We’ll complete the Fight Pass prelims with featherweights Manny Gamburyan and Nik Lentz.

Gamburyan (13-7) is unbeaten in his last three after a loss to Dennis Siver was changed to a no-contest following a failed post-fight drug test for Siver. The former Ultimate Fighter runner-up has posted a 5-3 mark with the one no-contest in his last nine overall.

Lentz (24-6-2) is coming off a decision loss to Chad Mendes that snapped his three-fight win streak. He is 15-3-2 with one no-contest overall in his last 21 bouts.

Round 1: Nice rights from Lentz and he comes in hard on Gamburyan, forcing him to back up. Perfect lefts now are getting through from Lentz and Gamburyan is in trouble. Gamburyan goes for a takedown, trying to cut the distance and avoid more of the striking from Lentz. However, it’s Lentz in control on the canvas, grinding away on the back. He’s applying pressure, holding Gamburyan up against the fence. Big knee to the body and a second, but that one comes in low. Gamburyan drops and the ref steps in. Gamburyan coming out from the break with some intensity, but he gets out of position and Lentz scores a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 2: Like his corner said, Gamburyan is coming right out after Lentz. However, we have a break as there was a loose piece of tape on the glove of Gamburyan. Back to the action and Lentz fires off a nice 1-2 combo, but Gamburyan answers and stuns him. Another left hook from Lentz, a shot by Gamburyan and these two are trading. Huge knee just misses by Lentz, but he continues to apply the pressure, pushing forward. Gamburyan with a single-leg takedown and into the guard. Lentz working for another takedown and he gets it, slamming Gamburyan to the ground. He quickly locks in a hook, looking to take the back but he is up against the fence. The right eye of Gamburyan is getting pounded on and he surrenders his neck with two minutes to go. Series of knees to the chest from Lentz and they just miss the chin – which would have been illegal. The ref was right in and saw where they went, and Gamburyan didn’t complain about it. Lots of wincing from Gamburyan, as his right eye is almost swollen shut. Lentz is latched on to his back, landing knees to the legs and body at will.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 3: Lentz is just all over Gamburyan, attacking him at will. Gamburyan, though, just misses on a nice uppercut attempt. Lentz scores with a takedown, and Gamburyan is looking for a potential submission. He’s got the let arm in his grasp, working for a kimura. They roll and he now has a potential armbar or could take the back with three minutes to go. While trying to better his position, Lentz is able to get out and escape. Nice sweep reversal for Gamburyan, who is on top as we head under the two-minute mark. After just a few short moments on the ground, the ref stands them back up with two to go. Lentz takes the back off another takedown, working the body with knees.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Nik Lentz def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)