UFC 140 continues fill out with fighters representing the great white north. Canadian Mark Bocek once again looks to defend his home turf against Nik Lentz in Toronto.
The lightweight bout as been confirmed by the UFC.
American Top Team’s Bocek last competed at UFC 129, also in Toronto, but was out-worked by top lightweight contender Ben Henderson. Prior to the loss, Bocek submitted Dustin Hazelett with a Triangle Choke in Montreal. The jiu-jitsu black belt earned “Submission of the Night” honors with that victory. In fact, seven of Bocek’s nine career victories have come by way of submission.
He’ll likely get a chance to work his ground game against Lentz, a former NCAA Division-1 wrestler at the university of Minnesota. Unbeaten in seven UFC bouts, Lentz originally lost his last fight against Charles Oliveira via rear naked choke, but the ruling was overturned after the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission after they determined that an illegal knee from Oliveira led to the finish.
UFC 140 is scheduled for December 10 and features both Nogueira brothers in action with Antonio Rodrigo Noguera facing Frank Mir and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira set to tussle with Tito Ortiz.
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MMATraining Take: Not a bad fight at all. Lentz is well-rounded and possibly one of the division’s most underrated talents while Bocek always comes to fight and is a threat from any position once he locks up with his opponent based on his BJJ prowess. UFC 140 is definitely shaping up to be a solid card and should be a well-deserved treat for folks in Toronto.