August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Nik Lentz (top) fights Eiji Mitsuoka (bottom) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Starting out the night for UFC 150, Nik Lentz met Eiji Mitsuoka on the Facebook prelim stream. From the opening bell, Lentz dominated the fight on his way to a TKO victory at 3:45 of the first round. Lentz picked up a huge win for him here in his Featherweight debut. He's now 6-2-1 in the UFC with one No Contest (22-5 Overall). Mitsuoka drops to 0-2 as a UFC fighter (18-9 Overall).
In the opening seconds of the bout, Mitsuoka shot an ineffective takedown the Lentz defended easily with a front headlock. From that point, it seemed to be just waiting for the inevitable. Lentz scored 4 takedowns in less than that many minutes, a couple of them big slams. Throughout the fight, Lentz punished Mitsuoka on the ground and in scrambles until the Japanese fighter was no longer able to defend.
What was the high point of the fight?
Lentz first slam about a minute into the fight. After defending Mitsuoka's initial takedown attempt, Lentz transitioned to a back clinch and proceeded to dump Mitsouka on his face.
Where do they go from here?
If his UFC history is any indication, we won't see him on a main card any time soon. In his 10 fights in the promotion, Lentz has always been on the undercard. Regardless, winning his debut in his new weight class should reinvigorate The Carney's career. Before last night, Lentz hit a rough spot at Lightweight losing his last two fights to Evan Dunham and Mark Bocek. However, despite it being a key win, Mitsuoka is the same level fighter Lentz was able to beat at 155. He'll need a step up in competition before we can really say if he's better at Featherweight.
This is a devastating loss for Eiji Mitsuoka, although it might not be unexpected. Mitsuoka was brought into the UFC at UFC 144 to face off against his countrymen Takanori Gomi in their homeland. Gomi, who's talents have clearly faded by this point in his career, knocked out Mitsuoka in the second round. Most likely, this will be the last we see of Mitsuoka in the UFC for some time.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. Lentz looked great in every exchange as he poured it on Mitsuoka.
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