The UFC held an impromptu press conference following UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh, where Nik Lentz, Charles Oliveira, Cheick Kongo, and Joe Lauzon all earned $50K bonuses for their efforts at the event.
Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira Earn “Fight of the Night”
White also announced the Facebook preliminary bout between Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz as “Fight of the Night.” Lentz and Oliveira put on an exciting back and forth display of submission attempts, takedowns, and striking that was sadly marred by a bad call. Early in the second round referee Chip Snider missed a blatant illegal knee from Oliveira that connected flush with a grounded Lentz. Oliveira quickly swarmed Lentz before finishing him with a rear naked choke.
Joe Lauzon Scores “Submission of the Night”
Joe Lauzon picked up “Submission of the Night” for his dominating performance againt Curt Warburton. Lauzon dropped Warburton with a left hook and swarmed the downed fighter before applying a deep Kimura. Warburton was unable to recover and was forced to tap out with a clearly displaced shoulder. The submission victory was Lauzon’s first win since losing to George Sotiropoulos at UFC 123.
Cheick Kongo Nets “Knockout of the Night”
Cheick Kongo’s gutsy performance earned him “Knockout of the Night” after surviving multiple knockdowns from Pat Barry before countering and finishing Barry. After a knockdown by Barry, Kongo arose from the floor, staggered to his feet, and used the cage to steady himself before landing a vicious right hook to the head of Barry. Kongo followed up with another shot and fell to the floor along with the unconscious Barry.
Other notes from the press conference and event:
- UFC President Dana White announced attendance as 7,792 for a live gate of $562,310
- The PSAC will be reviewing the Lentz-Oliveira fight and is expected to overturn the Oliveira win to a “no contest” after an illegal knee started the finish.
- Lentz was thankful of the bonus and had to undergo surgery after the fight with Oliveira
- Nate Marquardt revealed via Twitter that he will be addressing his current situation Tuesday
- Despite being attended to for several minutes after being knocked out by Kongo, Pat Barry was in attendance for the post-fight press conference and appeared reasonably alert.