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VCURamFan 06-27-2011 03:36 PM

UFC Live 4 Bonuses


Matt Mitrione's three-punch knockout of Christian Morecraft looked like a sure-fire bonus winner. But Cheick Kongo had a little something to say about that.

Kongo's amazing comeback win over Pat Barry in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 on Sunday night earned him Knockout of the Night honors. Joining him with $50,000 bonus checks were Joe Lauzon, Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz.

UFC president Dana White announced the bonus winners via Twitter following the promotion's Pittsburgh debut, which took place at the Consol Energy Center.

Kongo's knockout is already being talked about as perhaps the biggest comeback in UFC history. Barry rocked Kongo, knocking him down and pouncing to land several more shots. Referee Dan Miragliotta jumped in and nearly waved the fight off, but pulled back when he saw Kongo was attempting to stand up. Moments later, Kongo hit Barry with a pair of rights, the second of which put Barry's lights out.

Lauzon made quick work of Curt Warburton on the preliminary card with a first-round kimura submission, just 1:58 into the frame. The Submission of the Night bonus is Lauzon's fifth straight post-fight bonus award and sixth in seven fights.

And in another prelim fight, Oliveira submitted Lentz with a second-round rear-naked choke. But it was a back-and-forth first round that likely earned it Fight of the Night honors. Lentz fended off multiple submission attempts from Oliveira in the first round, and the two traded kicks and knees on the feet. Lentz nearly went out from an Oliveira guillotine, but survived and landed a guillotine of his own, though he couldn't finish it.

That fight, though, was controversial thanks to an illegal knee to a downed Lentz that was missed by the referee. With Lentz's right knee down, Oliveira, who had been throwing knees in the second round and landing with regularity, threw one that connected to Lentz's head – and likely did enough damage to help lead to Oliveira's fight-ending choke. Though the fight is a submission win for Oliveira on the books now, Joe Rogan announced in the cage following the bout that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission will review the fight, specifically the knee incident, and could overturn Oliveira's victory to a no contest.
Just a NC? Why can't they rule it a DQ win for Lentz?? :huh:

County Mike 06-27-2011 03:44 PM

Should definitely be a DQ win for Lentz. Was blatant and obvious. The only person who didn't see it was the guy who is paid to see it.

rearnakedchoke 06-27-2011 03:52 PM

i don't think they will change the ruling though .. i know refs have missed things in the past .. imo, the call is the call .. they should fight again anyway .. oliviera was doing well and that was a good fight ...

VCURamFan 06-27-2011 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by rearnakedchoke (Post 170321)
i don't think they will change the ruling though .. i know refs have missed things in the past .. imo, the call is the call .. they should fight again anyway .. oliviera was doing well and that was a good fight ...

I disagree, but only because a member of the commission was immediately in the cage giving the ref an earful & then they told Rogan to announce the fact that they would be reviewing it. This isn't a situation of Lentz's corner filing an appeal & maybe the PSAC will listen, this is the PSAC being proactive in correcting a mistake.

rearnakedchoke 06-27-2011 04:59 PM

i can see them changing it to a no contest, but not a dq loss ... plus, the loss would balance out the win that he was given in the griffin fight ... LOL

Tyburn 06-29-2011 10:27 PM

Because Lentz submitted, I think they will be hard pressed to award him a DQ win. But I think they can, and should rule it a No Contest...because without the illegal knee...Lentz would not have ended up choked out I dont think....well...not right away at any rate :laugh:

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