Nik Lentz used $65,000 FotN bonus for father's life-saving operation


Kevin Iole has for years chronicled MMA with great depth for Yahoo Sports. In this must-read piece for any true fan of the sport, he details how UFC featherweight Nik Lentz came to spend his $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus vs. Evan Dunham at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28, 2012.

Do yourself a favor and when you have a few minutes to spare, click the link the bottom and read the entire piece.

The story begins Christmas eve 2011, when manager Monte Cox called to say Lentz had been released from his UFC contract, following a win over Andre Winner and a loss to Mark Bocek, neither of which was fan friendly, or UFC president Dana White friendly.

Meanwhile, Nik's father Jon had refused a $100,000 bladder cancer treatment in order to be able to finance Nik's sister's medical school.

"You talk about something tough to take," said Jon of the release. "He had a pretty good record. He was doing well. And they cut him. I couldn't understand it."

However, before the release could be processed, Paul Sass was injured training for the fight with Dunham, and UFC VP for Talent Relations Joe Silva asked Lentz if he wanted the fight.

Although he lost via cut in the second, Lentz brought it with a fury, winning a $65,000 Fight of the Night performance bonus, and had a contract extension promised in the ring after the fight by Silva.

While smart fighters bank bonuses, and others buy fancy cars, Nik Lentz had other plans.

"I took that $65,000 and I didn't pay my manager's fees or anything else and I called my Dad and said, 'Now, you're having that surgery,'" he said.

"I knew that was the only thing I could do with it. I've been poor lots of time in my life. I can live without money. But my Dad and I were so close; we were such a close family. I didn't know if I could live without my Dad. It was an easy choice."

Lentz has since gone on to drop from lightweight to featherweight with the help of Mike Dolce, and has won three in a row.

His father is confident his son will get a title shot in the future, and plans to be in his corner for it...

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Reed Rothchild site profile image  

8/9/13 7:51 PM by Reed Rothchild

Lmao... Another dick move by that goof

Evzey site profile image  

8/9/13 6:31 PM by Evzey

Wow was never a fan of Lentz but this makes me a fan

Leck Brosnar site profile image  

8/9/13 3:48 PM by Leck Brosnar

Just realized Hioki is fighting Elkins not Lentz, got my rasslers mixed up.

Mix6APlix site profile image  

8/9/13 2:42 PM by Mix6APlix

Good story. Ill still use Lentz fights for bathroom breaks though.

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8/9/13 2:26 PM by chaplinshouse

you should sponsor him then fightwear president! 

XIITT_JBASS site profile image  

8/9/13 6:29 AM by XIITT_JBASS

Huge props, not many blokes like him around at all. The fight against Hioki will be a cracker

fightharder site profile image  

8/9/13 5:42 AM by fightharder

Give the dude the titleshot already...Would be one of the best countdown shows ever. Nick Lentz people's champ?

Ronin_jutsuka site profile image  

8/8/13 5:51 PM by Ronin_jutsuka

Every time I get to the point that I don't think the human race can dip any lower, I see one of these stories. It really feels good to know that there are still people out there that have their head on straight and understand what is truly important in life. Nick has definitely picked up a few fans from this, including myself.

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8/8/13 5:13 PM by WhoShotYushinOkami

Good shit for Lentz to know whats important!   But is it true that instead of anesthetic they just showed his dad one of his fights and he went out pretty quickly??? I kid, I kid.   Glad his pops is doing well!!!!  

Liborio site profile image  

8/8/13 5:01 PM by Liborio

Nick Lentz is the man!