UFC on ESPN+ 10: Charles Oliveira pushing for top after first knockout since 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Charles Oliveira beat Nik Lentz with a second-round TKO Saturday night on the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Oliveira, who caught a Lentz kick in the middle frame, then landed a right hand down the middle before finishing on the ground. The bout was the duo’s third together. The first, in 2011, ended in an eventual no contest due to an illegal knee from Oliveira. The second, in 2015, was a submission win for Oliveira.

Result: Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:11

Updated records: Oliveira (27-8 MMA, 15-8 UFC), Lentz (30-10-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC)

Key stat: Oliveira, the UFC’s submission record-holder, got his first knockout or TKO win since 2010 and his first in the UFC

Oliveira on the fight’s key moment

“The first fight, I underestimated him and made some mistakes. Later on, I always knew I could beat him.”

Oliveira on his first knockout since 2010

“It’s a buildup – an evolution. (When I lost to Paul Felder), I came back stronger and ready for the fight. My goal is only to be champion, whether it’s a knockout or choking a guy.”

Oliveira on what he wants next

“My goal is just to get to the top-10. It doesn’t matter who I fight against. I just want to be a warrior. I want to fight in Uruguay – I’ll be ready.”

To hear more from Oliveira, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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