A featherweight showdown between Nik Lentz and
Nunes is in the works for a to-be-named Jan. 19 UFC event in
Brazilian outlet Portal do Vale Tudo initially reported the matchup
on Thursday, and Sherdog.com Friday confirmed the planned booking
with a source close to the bout, who relayed that contracts have
not yet been distributed. The
UFC has made no official announcement about either the
Lentz-Nunes matchup or the Jan. 19 event.
Lentz, 28, looked sharp in his Aug. 11 featherweight debut at UFC
150, as “The Carny” stopped Eiji
Mitsuoka with punches in just 3:45. The triumph came on the
heels of back-to-back lightweight defeats for the seven-year pro,
who closed out 2011 with a decision loss to Mark Bocek
before falling to Evan Dunham
due to a doctor’s stoppage this past January at UFC on Fox 2.
Nunes, meanwhile, has split his last four bouts. The 29-year-old
most recently competed on Oct. 5 at UFC on FX 5, earning “Fight of
the Night” honors for his hard-fought unanimous decision victory
over fellow World Extreme Cagefighting alum Bart
Palaszewski. The victory brings Nunes’ record this year to 1-1,
as “The Gun” was outpointed by Dennis Siver
on April 14 at UFC on Fuel TV 2.