Pennsylvania Athletic Commission Overturns Oliveira vs. Lentz, Declares No Contest


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Following an illegal knee strike thrown by Charles Oliveira to opponent Nik Lentz that eventually brought about the end of their fight at UFC on Versus 4, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has decided to overturn the bout and rule it a no contest.

The decision was handed down on Wednesday by executive director Greg Sirb.

“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.”

Oliveira threw a knee strike that landed flush on Lentz’s head, but Lentz’s knee was still down on the ground, making it an illegal blow. Unfortunately for Lentz, referee Chip Snider didn’t call the foul and moments later Oliveira locked in a fight-ending rear naked choke.

The commission immediately stated they would be reviewing the bout, and have now come back with the decision to overturn the ruling and declare the bout a no contest.

The UFC hasn’t made any statement regarding the fight or if the two competitors could possibly meet in a rematch at some point down the road.

Lentz is currently under suspension from the commission after an eye injury, most likely the result of the illegal knee. It may have caused damage to his orbital bone.


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