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UFC Fight Night 50’s Oliveira Confirms He Was Not Paid

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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.

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