2021’s first installment of Fight Island kicks off in style with a loaded card. Since many of the main card bouts are getting the rub, let’s take a look at a featured preliminary bout. Nik Lentz and Mike Grundy will throw down on January 16th. Although Lentz (30-11-2) is getting a little older, he remains a consistent threat at featherweight. Lentz will look to send the younger prospect back to the drawing board. As revealed by his last two losses, Lentz’s back is against the wall at UFC fight island. Important to note, Lentz has faced stiff competition, especially when he fought Charles Oliveira on UFC on ESPN+ 10.
Bouncing back from his first loss in the UFC, Grundy (12-2) endured a tough debut, Specifically, he fought Movsar Evloev who beat him by decision. Surely not a loss to hold your hat on, Evloev remains undefeated in the UFC with a record of 13-0. With the fight less than three weeks away, both athletes are preparing to capitalize and catapult their respective careers. Just a day ago, Lentz mentioned on social media how well his camp is going, saying “51 resting heart rate at the doc. Mid 40’s when actually resting. Not too bad. Everything coming together. ”
Nik Lentz and Mike Grundy throw down on Fight Island
After a blistering knockout over Nad Narimani in his UFC debut, the promotion gave him a level up in competition. Prior to running into Emloev, Grundy had not lost a fight since 2015. Additionally, much of Grundy’s success came in the grappling department. Most of the Englishmen’s finishes come by way of D’arce choke and arm-triangle chokes. Conversely, given the experience of Lentz, the American Top Team athlete’s resume represents a more well-rounded game. Interestingly, Lentz’s wins have nearly been equally divided between, decisions, submissions, and knockouts. Since the veteran enters the bout with mystery, it further adds to the intrigue of this featherweight pairing.