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Charles Oliveira Pulled Off UFC Fight Night 50 Card Due to Illness


(When we get around to writing that list of “Top Ten Sort of Decent Rematches That Never Happened,” this one will definitely land around #8. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

After UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira missed weight by five pounds yesterday due to a week-long illness, we at CagePotato expressed our sympathy by calling our bookie ASAP and betting against him. Sadly, Oliveira’s scheduled UFC Fight Night 50 match against Nik Lentz has been canceled altogether, as Oliveira was declared medically ineligible to fight. UFC.com confirms it:

Oliveira, who was getting over a viral infection he contracted in Brazil, had a relapse earlier this week and missed weight for the bout Thursday, coming in at 150 pounds. He did not attempt to weigh in again. This morning, the Brazilian fell ill, and after being seen by a doctor he was pulled from the bout. The UFC Fight Night event at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut will proceed as scheduled with nine bouts.

According to Ariel Helwani, Lentz will be paid his show and win money, but Oliveira won’t be paid a dime, because Dana White is a rotten, heartless person.

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Six MMA Fighters Who Fought Through Illness and Won

vomiting MMA fighter Eder Jones Brazil
(Eder Jones wins fight, loses pie-eating contest.)

This Friday marks the official start of Autumn, and like clockwork, I’m catching a goddamned cold. There’s something about the change of seasons that seems to wreck my immune system, which has grown frail due to a life of solitary blogging and poor hygeine. So as I chug my Airborne/orange juice cocktail, let’s all take inspiration in these six men, who were way worse-off than I am now, and still managed to kick ass.

GEORGES ST. PIERRE
vs. Thomas Denny @ UCC 12, 1/25/03

Method of victory: TKO (cut), 4:45 of round 2
In his own words: ”I took the fight and I was really sick. I was so sick, after the first round I thought I was going to fall unconscious. And I told my cornerman, I’m like, listen, when the second round will start I will try a high kick in the beginning and if I don’t knock out my opponent, I want you to throw the towel. My cornerman look up at me like this, he said ‘Georges, I don’t have a towel, you’re gonna die in the ring.’

And I got so angry, I was like, I can’t believe this guy, he’s supposed to be my friend, he wants me to die in the ring. So I stood up, I hear the [bell], I fought through it, and by some kind of miracle I was able to cut the guy and to TKO him and the referee stopped the fight. I was completely exhausted. That was my toughest fight.”

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