Nik Lentz overwhelms Michael McBride; forces TKO finish

Nik Lentz gave Michael McBride zero room to breathe for the majority of the fight and eventually ground him down enough to finish matters with strikes on the mat in the second round.

UFC 202 took place Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Stipe Miocic versus Alistair Overeem for Miocic’s UFC heavyweight championship served as the evening’s main event.

It was clear from the opening moment on that there was a skill gap in favor of Lentz, especially in the grappling arena, as he took the fight to mat after some exchanges on the feet.  He dominated McBride, who took the fight on short notice, for the majority of round one, but couldn’t catch any submissions.  Still, there was no doubt who took the stanza.

The second started with more resistance from McBride, but an ill-advised takedown attempt allowed Lentz to reverse the momentum after enduring several good blows from McBride standing.  He picked up the submission attempt output, but McBride showed very good defense and was able to slip out of several attempts that looked very promising for Lentz initially.  McBride couldn’t hold on forever, though, and Lentz finally broke him by taking his back and unleashing a barrage of punches that forced McBride to succumb.  The fight was halted at 4:17 of round 2.

Nik Lentz improves to 29-7-2 with the performance, while Michael McBride is now 8-2.

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