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Charles Oliveira Plans To Be Back, Confirms No Payment For UFN 50

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Charles Oliveira confirmed that he did not receive any payment from the UFC for failing to weigh-in and compete recently at UFC Fight Night 50.

After missing weight Thursday, a planned bout with Nik Lentz that was set to air on FOX Sports 1, was scrapped the day of the card. Oliveira (18-4) fell ill and both UFC and local commission officials viewed him as unfit to compete.

“I am very sad about everything that happened this week,” said Oliveira in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “But I know that I’ll come back stronger. I felt ill and was unable to make the weight or fight. I started feeling sick in Brazil. As I’m the one who asked for this fight, I really tried my best but wasn’t able.”

Oliveira and Lentz actually fought once before, with Oliveira picked up the victory. However, the result was later overturned to a no-contest due to an illegal knee landing. The fighters were named “Fight of the Night for the 2011 performance.

While Lentz was given both his show and win money for the cancelled fight, Oliveira was paid nothing.

“I tried my best to make the weight and fight, but it wasn’t possible,” he said. “I wasn’t paid, but I’ll be back.

“Very soon I’ll be back even stronger.”

Oliveira (18-4) has won two straight, submitting both Hatsu Hioki and Andy Ogle this year. He also missed weight for a 2012 fight with Cub Swanson, which he lost via knockout. In 2013, Oliveira shared the Octagon with former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, earning “Fight of the Night” honors in a decision loss.

2 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    There definitely seems to be a sudden problem with fighters not making weight, the last three cards, counting the Invicta card has had at one fighter not make weight.

  • Dufresne says:

    I really wish they would start doing weigh ins the day of the event. I think it would cut down on the amount of weight fighters try to cut since they won’t have as long to recover, which should mean more fighters competing at closer to their natural weight.

    And I’m glad they didn’t pay Oliveira. This is one of the few instances where I think the fighter didn’t deserve pay. I know he spent money on his camp, travel, and living expenses, but he knew he should have pulled out earlier than he did. Again, I know he wanted to fight and make money, but pulling out the day before an event should not be rewarded. I think the UFC not paying him will send the message of “show up ready to fight, or don’t show up”. We’ve seen the UFC reschedule a guy pretty quickly when something like this happens, but they have to have a heads up.

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