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Rob Emerson vs. Nik Lentz targeted for "UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi"

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A lightweight contest pitting Rob Emerson (9-8 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) against Nik Lentz (17-3-2 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) is targeted for UFC Fight Night 21, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the situation.

Though bout agreements have yet to be signed, both fighters have agreed to the fight and are expected to put pen to paper shortly.

UFC Fight Night 21 takes place March 31 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The main card airs live on Spike TV and serves as the lead-in for "The Ultimate Fighter 11."

The addition brings the event's total number of bouts to 11, a robust card for the promotion's fourth trip to North Carolina. A lightweight showdown between two-time contender Kenny Florian and heavy-handed Japanese import Takanori Gomi headlines.

Lentz was behind on the scorecards in his most recent octagon appearance against Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night 20, but a deduction to the Brazilian for an inadvertent groin kick in the final frame left the fight as a majority draw. It was a disappointing result for Lentz, a product of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, as he had earned seven-straight win over a near-two-year period since his most recent blemish, which, ironically enough, was a draw against WEC veteran Kyle Jensen.

Lentz made a successful octagon debut this past September at UFC 103, where he defeated Rafaello Oliveira by decision.

Emerson, meanwhile, got back on the winning track earlier this month when he defeated "The Ultimate Fighter 8" finalist Phillipe Nover at UFC 109.

A cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 5," Emerson fell short against Kurt Pellegrino and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 17 and UFC 103, respectively, and vowed to re-tool his training regimen prior to his meeting with Nover. To that end, Emerson migrated to Hilo, Hawaii, to train with B.J. Penn in addition to his work in Huntington Beach, Calif., and said the experience helped him harness the mental aspects of fighting.

The placement of Emerson vs. Lentz in UFC Fight Night 21's current lineup is unknown at this time.

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Post #1   2/28/10 4:32:31PM   

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interesting bout

Post #2   2/28/10 5:11:42PM   

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I think Lentz will take this one personally!!!

Post #3   2/28/10 10:18:48PM   

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I like this fight, tough one to pick I think

Post #4   2/28/10 10:28:58PM   

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I would much rather see Lentz fight a better opponent. He's going to run through Emerson.

Post #5   2/28/10 10:51:24PM   

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Lentz is definitely on the way up. Hopefully he doesn't take Emerson too lightly. Rob is always a game opponent.

Looking forward to this though. Good job Joe Silva.

Post #6   3/1/10 12:06:45AM   

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Lentz. In all reality Emerson should have beaten Pellegrino if he had stayed clear of the submission...soo it will be interesting.

Heres a question. Would things be different for Emmerson if he had not tapped out during the Gray Maynard bout?

Post #7   3/1/10 4:09:05AM