UFC on FOX 2 Results: What We Learned from Nik Lentz vs. Evan Dunham

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IJanuary 28, 2012

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Evan Dunham and Nick Lentz closed out the preliminary card for UFC on FOX 2 with a two-round war.

The first round was relatively even with both men having success on the feet and scoring takedowns, but Dunham took control in the second, overwhelming Lentz with takedowns and ground-and-pound.

Lentz showed a ton of heart and made it through the round, but his left eye was badly swollen, forcing the doctor to call the fight.

It's always unfortunate to see a fight end that way, but it was a solid win for Dunham regardless, and will move him one step closer to title contention.


What we'll remember about this fight:

A couple things.

First off, we'll remember Nik Lentz' eye. People tend to remember gruesome injuries and Lentz' eye was seriously messed up after the fight.

Secondly, we'll probably remember the whole fight.

It was fast-paced and back-and-forth for the first little bit. Both fighters had each other in some trouble at times.

It was an entertaining match and anyone who saw is likely to remember it.


What we learned about Evan Dunham:

He does have what it takes to be a top-level fighter.

At one point, Dunham was being toted as a potential title contender, but after dropping back to back fights to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard, the buzz around him faded considerably.

Since then, Dunham has bounced back with two straight wins and is looking good.

Lentz is a tough fighter and, though it took him a few minutes to get going, Dunham was able to win with relative ease.


What we learned about Nik Lentz:

He will probably never be anything more than a gatekeeper in the UFC's lightweight division.

Lentz is well-rounded and has heart, but has looked relatively unimpressive in his past three fights. Before the loss to Dunham, he also lost to Mark Bocek, and went to a no contest with Charles Oliveira.

The way things are looking, Lentz will never be more than a mid-level fighter.


What's next for Evan Dunham:

Dunham will get a step up in competition after this win.

A rematch with Melvin Guillard would prove interesting.


What's next for Nik Lentz:

Dennis Hallman and Terry Etim are possibilities.

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.