Charles Oliveira’s ‘Win’ Over Nik Lentz Overturned to ‘No Contest’

Written by Tom Ngo
June 29th, 2011

UFC Lightweight Charles Oliveira

After further review, Charles Oliveira’s controversial submission victory over Nik Lentz this past Sunday at “UFC on Versus 4” has been overturned to a ‘No Contest’. Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission executive director Gregory Sirb confirmed the change with multiple outlets Wednesday evening.

“After review of the tape of this contest and after consultation with the referee, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has ruled that the results of this match will be changed to a no-contest,” the statement read. “This change is a direct result from an accidental kick to the head by Mr. Oliveira to a grounded Mr. Lentz.”

Prior to locking in a rear-naked choke in the 2ndRound to end Lentz’s evening, Oliveira clearly landed a knee to his downed opponent’s head. Although the strike wasn’t intentional, it was illegal and clearly dazed Lentz.

The referee didn’t see the knee and the Brazilian immediately pounced. Lentz was tapping out moments after that.

Lentz was issued a 60-day suspension by the PSAC and will need to have his right orbital examined. His manager believes it’s broken.

Oliveira’s record is now 14-1 (1 NC), while Lentz’s resume reads 21-3-2 (1 NC).

Nonetheless, both lightweights were rewarded with $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’ honors.

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