The result of the Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira fight, which "do Bronx" originally won via submission after landing an illegal at Sunday's UFC on Versus 4, has been changed to a no contest.
As was expected, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission on Wednesday determined that an illegal knee lead to the Oliveira submission win.
"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," Executive Director Gregory Sirb said in a statement provided to MMAFighting.com. "This change is a direct result from an accidental kick to the head by Mr. Oliveira to a grounded Mr. Lentz."
In the second round of their lightweight title, Oliveira landed a clear, but from all accounts accidental, illegal knee to the head of a ground Lentz. He then proceeded to submit Lentz via rear-naked choke seconds later.
Greg Nelson, Lentz's coach, told MMAFighting.com earlier this week that the illegal knee broke his fighter's eye socket.
"It's the illegal knee that basically knocked Nik Lentz out so he could get his back and hook him," Nelson said. "I mean, he was clearly down. That knee broke Nik Lentz's eye socket, so it was not a soft knee. He took his time, held the back of the head, wound up the knee and then let it go. ...It was a super hard knee that ended up doing a lot of damage."
The UFC gave both fighters $50,000 each for winning the Fight of the Night award. As a result of Wednesday's, Lentz's official record is 21-3-2, 1 NC, while Oliveira is 14-1, 1 NC.
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