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Nik Lentz: ‘My feet and hands went numb’ during my UFC 216 weight cut

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UFC lightweight veteran Nik Lentz has released a statement following his removal from UFC 216.

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While Kevin Lee’s difficult weight cut was the main story from the UFC 216 weigh-ins, there was one fighter who didn’t even attempt to go to the scale.

Lightweight veteran Nik Lentz was scheduled to fight on Saturday’s preliminary card against Will Brooks, but after Brooks made weight, Lentz’s “medical issues” caused the matchup to be cancelled. Lentz took to Twitter to explain what happened to his body, citing “diabetic like issues.”

In case the tweet doesn’t work for you, the full statement is as follows:

“I didn’t make it to weigh ins this morning because I was in the hospital. My body is not responding to insulin correctly and during my weight cut last night my feet and hands went numb, I stopped sweating, my heart rate went through the roof and I didn’t know what was going on. I decided to go to the hospital and stayed there through the night into the morning. I’m not sure just yet as to the diagnosis of what’s happening, but I’m having diabetic like issues. I figured I could push through them and still fight. I was wrong. I’m sorry to everyone involved. I bit off more than I could chew and even though my health problem is not my fault, I should have handled it differently. God Bless everyone for their support throughout my camp. I will be back soon.”

Lentz (27-8-2) has spent most of his career at lightweight, although he did have a stint at featherweight from 2012-2015. His reasoning still probably won’t sit well with Brooks, who ripped into both him and Kevin Lee for their respective weight cutting problems.

With Brooks vs. Lentz pulled from UFC 216, a bantamweight bout between Matt Schnell and Marco Beltran has been promoted from Fight Pass to the FX preliminary card.