‘It’s impossible for me to compete at this level anymore’

Nik Lentz punches Movsar Evloev at UFC 257
Nik Lentz punches Movsar Evloev at UFC 257

Nik Lentz revealed his retirement following a loss to Movsar Evloev at UFC 257 on Saturday.

Lentz paid for a great proving of himself, however Evloev won a split choice after all 3 rounds were stated and done. It was his his 3rd successive loss, however that isn’t what he stated resulted in his choice to retire.

He mainly associates his choice to retire to an injury in 2015 that deteriorated his vision to the point that he no longer feels able to contend at the UFC level.

“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 very best company on earth ends here. I am not unfortunate or distressed by it, the day comes for everybody. I stand with my head high, God as my redeemer and my kids and other half as my treasure. Combating provided those treasures and just request 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

Lentz, 36, has actually been battling expertly because 2005. He has 45 expert bouts to his credit, generating a general record of 30-12-2 with 1 no contest.

He has actually been battling under the UFC banner because 2009. Lentz has actually often knocked on the door of getting in the title photo at featherweight and light-weight, however has actually never ever made it all the method to a champion bout.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.