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Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz added to UFC Live 4 line-up

Brazilian sensation Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira will look to bounce back from the only loss of his career in June when the UFC returns to the Versus network with UFC Live 4, an event headlined by Nate Marquardt’s welterweight debut in the form of a fight against powerful peer Anthony Johnson.

According to an official statement from the UFC, Oliveira is set to face 21-3-2 Nik Lentz in Pittsburgh as part of the June 26 card. A bout between 170-pounders Matt Riddle and T.J. Grant was also announced.

The 21-year old Oliveira holds an overall record of 14-1 with his first taste of professional defeat coming when highly-touted opponent Jim Miller tapped him out a few minutes into their match-up at UFC 124 last December. Prior to the stumble he had won both of his appearances in the Octagon including a submission of Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero.

Lentz has also experienced a good amount of success lately and hasn’t fallen in his last fourteen fights. He is 5-0-1 since joining the UFC and is currently in the midst of a four-fight winning streak including victories over Andre Winner, Rob Emerson, and Tyson Griffin.

UFC Live 4 will also feature action from hard-hitting heavyweight Pat Barry, who faces French kickboxer Cheick Kongo, as well as Martin Kampmann mixing it up with Jon Howard and Tyson Griffin taking on Manny Gamburyan.


  • climbarock says:

    Good Lord, I hope Oliveira knocks Lentz’ head into the 50th row. I know I’ll never get back all those minutes of my life I’ve wasted by watching him fight, but seeing him get brutally KO’d would make me feel better about it.

  • Makington says:

    Gota agree with the wish part climbarock, but I don’t see this going well for Charles. Lentz is a beast wrestler with solid cardio, but that’s the only compliment I can give him. He may be my least favourite fighter to watch but there will be a definite size difference between them, which is the only reason I think Lentz will be able to draw out another long, smothering decision. I think Oliviera is the much better fighter and I’m a huge fan of his potential, but the only way I can see him winning the fight is by a slick sub off his back. He does have an extremely active guard that makes him fun to watch even when it goes to the ground so it’s definitely possible, but because of the strength difference I’m thinking Lentz can power his way out of any subs on his way to becoming even less popular.


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