For the third time in as many fights, Mark Bocek (9-4) will being competing inside his home country of Canada. Announced Monday, a lightweight tilt between Bocek and American prospect Nik Lentz (21-3-2) has been slated for Toronto's Air Canada Centre at UFC 140. The Candidian Free Press first reported the news with this tweet:
Mark Bocek to face Nik Lentz at UFC 140 in Toronto on Dec. 10.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Bocek has compiled a 5-4 record in five years inside the UFC, twice winning ‘Submission of the Night.' The 29-year-old last performed at UFC 129, dropping a unanimous decision to lightweight contender Ben Henderson. The loss was the second in three outings for the Canadian, who had previously collected a three-fight win streak.
Meanwhile, Lentz heads into the bout on the heels of a controversial no contest against Charles Oliveira at UFC on Versus 4. The two were engaged in a ferocious back-and-forth affair until a wayward illegal knee crushed the 27-year-old in the second round, leading to a quick submission win for Oliveira. Afterwards the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission reviewed the incident and overturned the results into a no contest. Regardless, the thrilling bout won ‘Fight of the Night.'
UFC 140 is scheduled for December 10th. No headlining bout has been announced.