At UFC 257 on Saturday, Nik Lentz declared his retirement following a loss to Movsar Evloev.
Lentz offered a strong demonstration of himself, but after all three rounds were said and finished, Evloev won a split decision. It was his third defeat in a row, but it was not what he said that contributed to his decision to retire.
He primarily attributes his decision last year to retire to an injury that degraded his vision to the extent that he no longer feels capable of playing at the level of the UFC.
“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 (say) the least.
“My life as a 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.”
Nik “The Carny” Lentz
Since 2005, Lentz, 36, has been fighting professionally. To his credit, he has 45 professional bouts, amassing an overall 30-12-2 record with 1 no contest.
Since 2009, he has been fighting under the UFC banner. Lentz often knocked on the door to join the featherweight and lightweight title frame but never made it all the way to a championship bout.