Nik Lentz Retires Following UFC 257 Loss

Nik Lentz Retires Following UFC 257 Loss
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 23: Nik Lentz reacts after the conclusion of his 150-pound catchweight fight against Movsar Evloev of Russia during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

On the UFC Fight Pass prelims of UFC 257, Movsar Evloev earned a split decision victory against veteran Nik Lentz.

Lentz took to his official Instagram page on Sunday to announce that he was calling it quits.

Nik Lentz Retires After UFC 257 Loss


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They say don’t make rash decisions after a loss, but this one is not rash or even quick for that matter. The injury I suffered to my eyes last year was a career ender. In total I lost about 40% of my vision, but I wanted to see what one more hard fought battle was like with the new eyes. It was clear to me last night that it’s impossible for me to compete at this level anymore. I just can’t lock on to a moving target like I should, and with 40% of my vision practically gone… it’s chaotic to the least

My life as fighter in the best organization on the planet ends here. I am not sad or upset by it, the day comes for everyone. I stand with my head high, God as my redeemer and my children and wife as my treasure. Fighting gave those treasures and only ask for a little vision as payment. A trade I would make 100% of the time.

Thank you to my fans, my coaches, my family and everyone who has been a part of this process. Who knows what comes next for The Carny…. but I can tell you what it’s not.

Love, The Carny @UFC #UFC257

Lentz (30-12-2, 1NC) has fought professionally since 2005 and amassed an impressive 30 victories. In the fights he won and the fights he lost, “The Carny” was known for his tenacity. He earned Fight of the Night honors on three occasions and Performance of the Night honors once. It is no surprise that he cites a serious eye injury as the main reason for retiring from the sport of MMA.

Lentz had fought 25 times inside the UFC octagon and the 36-year-old is retiring on a three-fight losing skid.

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