Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira will do battle again. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Nik Lentz and Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira will fight again on Sept. 5, a little over three years after their first meeting ended in a no contest.
UFC officials confirmed the pairing with Sherdog.com on Thursday evening.
The matchup will be part of the UFC Fight Night card at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn. The event will also house a middleweight duel featuring Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza, as well as the freshly announced Derrick Lewis-Matt Mitrione heavyweight bout.
The first time “The Carny” met “do Bronx” at UFC Live “Kongo vs. Barry” in June of 2011, Oliveira landed an illegal knee to the head of Lentz. Referee Chip Snider did not call the foul, allowing the Brazilian to capitalize by sinking in a rear-naked choke for the submission victory.
After a review by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, the result was subsequently overturned.
Since the fight, both men have fought seven additional times under the Zuffa banner, each with identical records of 4-3.
Oliveira has won two straight fights by way of submission, most recently earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his modified necktie victory against Hatsu Hioki at UFC Fight Night “Te Huna vs. Marquardt.” Prior to the bout, Hioki had never been submitted.
Lentz bounced back from his decision loss to Chad Mendes at UFC on Fox “Johnson vs. Benavidez 2” with a unanimous decision victory against Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva.”