Quick Quote: Charles Oliveira says there's no reason to not give him the victory over Nik LentzPosted on June 27, 2011, 07:04 PM by Joey Santosus
"I didn’t realize he was still (with a knee) on the ground… At the heat of the moment, I wanted to knock him out or submit him. The knee landed and the referee didn’t stop the fight, then I hit him again with another knee. The first one was illegal, but it didn’t hit him on the jaw, and he kept fighting, trying to take me down. The second one actually hurt him. We’re just waiting. I left that in God’s hands, but I think it won’t happen (they won’t change the result). He didn’t go out, he kept on the fight and stood up, then he felt the second knee. There’s no reason to not give me the victory ... If I could change the bonus for the victory, I would. - Tatame.com (via MMAMania.com)
In what was arguably the most exciting bout among the many that made up Sunday's UFC on Versus 4 line-up, Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz battled back and forth in the opening round of their preliminary affair, each threatening to end the other's night early. The action, however, came to a screeching halt just over a minute into the second, when an illegal knee thrown by Oliveira left Lentz stunned and vulnerable to the rear-naked choke that soon followed.
Clearly oblivious to the foul, referee Chip Snider awarded the Brazilian his 15 professional victory. But, as the nearly 8,000 fans who had packed the Consol Energy Center erupted in boos, it was announced that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission would, in fact, be reviewing the fight, which could be overturned pending the outcome. With a potential "No Contest" looming, the fighters were each awarded a consolation prize in the form of a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus - a bonus that Oliveira now says he would gladly give up in exchange for keeping his "W."