After a hectic lead up to the event filled with numerous changes to the lineup including a last second shuffle due to Nate Marquardt‘s licensing issue, fans tuning in to UFC Live 4 on Sunday were ultimately treated to an evening of intense action and closely contested battles with one major flaw in what was otherwise an entertaining show from top to bottom. The moment in question came on the undercard when Charles Oliveira landed a clearly illegal knee to a still-downed Nik Lentz who was forced to continue by the referee rather than given an opportunity to recover. The sequence then opened the door for Oliveira to land a few more strikes before sinking in a fight-ending Rear-Naked Choke.
However, not only will State officials review the outcome to see if a change is needed in how the bout was ruled, but a second-silver lining has also surfaced as the match-up was named the show’s “Fight of the Night” meaning both men will receive an additional $50,000 for their shared performance prior to the disappointing ending.
The UFC announced the distinction and attached dollar amount at the post-event press conference.
Another award-winning fight, though one with a far more definitive conclusion, came on the preliminary portion of the card with TUF 5 alumnus Joe Lauzon winning “Submission of the Night” after tapping out Curt Warburton two minutes into their bout. Lauzon’s Kimura finish was his sixteenth victory by way of submission and was his seventh event-specific bonus since joining the UFC in 2006.
The UFC Live 4 “Knockout of the Night” turned out to be a “Knockout of the Year” contender as well thanks to Cheick Kongo’s amazing recovery from being rocked on multiple occasions to scoring a devastating series of strikes putting fellow headliner Pat Barry down for the count. The win improved the Frenchman’s overall record to 16-6-2.
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