The UFCâ€™s return to Ohio continues to take shape with the addition of a new featherweight bout. Manny GamburyanÂ (13-8 MMA, 4-6 UFC) andÂ Nik Lentz (24-6-2 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the UFCâ€™s recently announced Fight Night event in Cincinnati in May. UFC officials brought news of the new booking on Thursday afternoon. Both fighters will be looking to rebound from recent setbacks.
The card takes place May 10 at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena. The main card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Gamburyan in December dropped a unanimous decision to Dennis Siver at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. That loss snapped a two-fight winning streak that saw him take decisions from Michihiro Omigawa and Cole Miller. The training partner of UFC womenâ€™s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is a little more than three years removed from fighting Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title when the two were in the WEC.
Lentz in December dropped a unanimous decision to Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento. That broke a three-fight winning streak for him and was his first loss since dropping down to the featherweight division from lightweight. Before the loss, he had wins over Eiji Mitsuoka, Diego Nunes and Hacran Dias in the weight class.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati card now includes:
- Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal
- Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
- Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz
(Pictured: Nik Lentz)