The January Brazil show is slowly filling up well in advance. A featherweight fight has been added to the fold, as Nova Uniao fighter Diego Nunes takes on Minnesota's Nik Lentz. MMA Junkie and Portal do Vale Tudo have the scoop:
Diego Nunes (18-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (24-5-2 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) are set to meet when the UFC returns to Brazil.
Nunes is coming off a decision win over Bart Palaszewski, but has struggled to find consistency in the UFC, alternating wins and losses in all of his fights. His biggest fight was a loss to Kenny Florian, but he did knock Florian down twice. He's gone the distance in 10 consecutive fights.
Lentz's first televised fight was a stinker of a win against Andre Winner, and the UFC seemingly went out of its way to give him a loss by matching him up with Tyson Griffin, Waylon Lowe, Charles Oliveira, and most controversially a pack of rabid wolves. He avoided defeats in all of them, but he finally lost to Mark Bocek and then Evan Dunham. A drop to featherweight saw him dominate Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO in his last bout.
This is a great fight for a FUEL/FX/whatever this free card is going to be, and hopefully it ends up on the main card. That said, Nik Lentz has NEVER been on a UFC main card of any show. Let's see if he can continue his almost impossibly long streak.