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It’s Official: Oliveira – Lentz Declared No Contest

Don’t tell him yet.  He just looks so happy

Hey, just a quick follow up on that other story from UFC Live: Versus vs Spike. We told you earlier about how the Oliveira – Lentz fight ended somewhat controversially, and that we were happy to see the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission step in and let everyone know that, yes, they saw that shit too, and they were going to sit down and watch that shit again, on tape, in a very official manner. Plus they were going to force the referee to watch that shit, on tape, in a very serious manner, and possibly whack him in the back of the head with a newspaper whenever a foul occurs on his watch.  Not really hard, just enough to get his attention.  (That last part might have been part of our own fantasy world.  Welcome; we hope you like our hats.)

We also passed along Greg Nelson’s Facebook message saying that the fight was ruled a No Contest, his boy Lentz had picked up a crisp new check for 50K for fighting like he wanted to be a fucking fighter, and all was right with the world. Nelson’s statement was premature, but the PSAC comfirmed yesterday that they had in fact reviewed the tape and consulted with the referee (meaning: “whacked him in the head with a newspaper”) and have ruled that the fight will be overturned to an NC.

So, it’s all good, like the fight never happened — just don’t anybody tell Nik’s ocular-brainial complex, since he’ll be out for a couple of months because his pussy-ass eye can’t handle an occasional kneecap:

Still, he got that sweet bonus and Joe Silva has another matchup that comes prepackaged for hype. Wins all around, right?


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NinjaNerd8- July 1, 2011 at 12:41 am
Lentz is so boring. Oliveira is the best and worst thing that ever happened to him.

I'm no nuthugger of any particular style / nationality or wtv but I'm getting so so so SICK of all these boring mid western wrestlers. Stop hiring these LnP'ing assholes.
The Highest Primate- June 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Watch that pride fight with Coleman when he blasts some dude from north-south position with knees and you'll see why the commissions dont like them.. it looked like he shortened old mates neck by an inch or two.. Looks cool though.

oh yeah, Fuck Tito.
AndyInflammatory- June 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm
the forces of gravity would really only come into consideration if the fighter was lying on his back and someobody performed a knee-drop on him

prayers and vitamins brother
Spicymeatball- June 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Still hate Nik Lentz.
Jazzninja- June 30, 2011 at 11:26 am
Um... I hate to be the voice of reason here but I think its plainly obvious if you think about it.
1) If an opponent is on the ground a knee will be going with gravity rather than against it is faster and more forceful because of the effect of gravity.
2) A blow especially knee from above to below generally has more bodyweight behind it doing more damage.
2) If the fighter's head is on or near the mat the force of the blow will not be dissipated in any way by the backward movement of his head and he will take much more tissue and bone damage (and more concussive force if off the ground and maybe from the side).
So you have a blow that is much harder, faster (and much harder to avoid) than pretty much any other and is much more likely to do unnecessary damage. The 12 to 6 elbow is a significantly less potent variety of this.
Commissions need to step in, however, and stop this trend of guys holding a hand on the ground to cheaply render knees unusable. Its gamesmanship (abusing and exploiting a ruleset for your own competitive gain) at the highest level.
knucklesamitch- June 30, 2011 at 11:03 am
my guess is that knees to opponents who are on the ground are illegal because there is almost no time to defend it. If you're down on a knee and your opponent is standing, your face is somewhere between his knee and crotch...almost zero reaction time.
Viva Hate- June 30, 2011 at 10:33 am
They need to do the right thing and donate all the FOTN money to one man, that is right folks, Tito “The Hunnington Beach Poor Boy” Ortiz.
intercept440- June 30, 2011 at 10:28 am
not the power generated by the actual knee, if it was that flying knees most likely would be banned as well if not all knees
intercept440- June 30, 2011 at 10:26 am
nullkuhl im not positive, but ill take a crack at this.

when standing the fighter can defend against said knee, while on his hands and knees his chances of defending against are very very bad, not only that but think about this part of it, if your standing the knee more than likely will hit you in the jaw , face or near the eyes, on the ground that knee could be slammed into the top of the head or quit possibly depending on the downed guys position the back of the head, its those possibilties that make the strike much more dangerous and quite possibly lethal. and also because the athletic commisions have specific rules concereing a various number of issues in order to be a licensed sporting event., things like no 12 to 6 elbows , that got jon jones a L in his record when fighting hammil, its more than likely its those combinations of possible outcomes which make that strike illegal...
noname- June 30, 2011 at 10:26 am
Anybody know where I can find a video of this fight, all the torrents I've found of the prelims don't include this fight :(.
Lopes- June 30, 2011 at 10:20 am
Oliveira might be the greatest fighter of all time if he can get FOTN with Lentz because Lentz is my go to cure for insomnia.
WK- June 30, 2011 at 9:52 am
Man whoever wrote this loves using the old "newspaper/head" joke.

Oh, it was Rex. Figures.
Null Kuhl- June 30, 2011 at 9:09 am
While I agree with this decision based on the current rules, I also think the current rules blow. Why is it acceptable to knee someone in the head when they're standing up but not when they're on the ground? Is there less force generated by a standing knee? I highly doubt it...
Fried Taco- June 30, 2011 at 9:04 am
There is actually a video of the PSAC discussing it with the ref.