Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira Likely Headed for a Rematch to Settle ‘No Contest’

June 30, 2011

Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz are on the path to a second showdown.

The two squared off at UFC on Versus 4 on Sunday night in Pittsburgh with Oliveira coming out on the winning end with a second-round submission.

The two were going all-out, with Oliveira getting the better of Lentz, both in striking and on the mat, but Lentz never giving an inch, continuing to give Oliveira everything he had.

The end, and the controversy, came about in the second round when Oliveira escaped a Lentz guillotine, and back on his feet, cracked Lentz with a knee to the face. Oliveira went down to the mat with him and finished the fight with a rear naked choke.

The only problem with the finish was that Lentz had a knee on the mat when Oliveira drove his knee into Lentz’s face, making the strike illegal. Referee Chip Snider didn’t notice that Lentz was down at the time and allowed the fight to continue to the finish.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, following a review of the fight, opted to change the ruling to a “no contest.”

UFC president Dana White on Thursday said that the two are “probably” headed for a rematch.

“It would be a fun one, but (Lentz) is busted up. You can’t say it’s from the illegal knee, but that was a good fight.  They were going at it before that.”

The “busted up” that he is referring to is a reported broken orbital socket, which likely came from the knee to the face.

Lentz won’t be able to fight for some time due to the injury, but when he’s healed up the two will likely square off again.