On the undercard of UFC 140, Mark Bocek (9-4, 5-4 UFC) looks to do something that has proven shockingly difficult for other UFC fighters and beat Nik Lentz (21-3-2, 5-0-1 UFC) when they meet in a lightweight fight. While it's easy to look at Bocek's slightly above .500 record in the UFC and dismiss him, it becomes much more impressive once you realize that three of those losses came against top ten talent.
How do these two stack up?
Bocek: 30 years old | 5'9"
Lentz: 27 years old | 5'8"
What have these two done recently?
Bocek: L - Ben Henderson (Dec), W - Dustin Hazelett (Sub), L - Jim Miller (Dec)
Lentz: NC - Charles Oliveira, W - Waylon Lowe (Sub), W - Tyson Griffin (Split Dec)
How did these two get here?
Bocek has fought in the UFC since UFC 73 when he lost to current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in Edgar's second UFC bout. He's had a fairly up and down career in the Octagon where he beats some mid-tier opposition and then runs into a tough fight, dropping fights against Griffin, Jim Miller, Ben Henderson and (less impressively) Mac Danzig.
Lentz has escaped defeat time and time again in the UFC. He has scored dramatic last round submissions, won split decisions, been saved by a majority draw, won controversial decisions and picked up a no contest. He hasn't appeared to be an elite level talent, but seven UFC fights without a loss has to count for something.
Why should you care?
Lentz's ability to win (or at least not lose) fights where he appears outgunned is becoming somewhat legendary. Bocek is a legitimate fighter and I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to turn out to be a good bout.
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