Charles Oliveira blames missing weight on viral infection

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 05.09.2014 16:22h Author:

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira was the only fighter who didn’t get close to the weight limit for his upcoming bout at UFC Fight Night 50, and he blames a last-minute disease for missing weight.

Oliveira has 68 kg at the official weigh-ins and did not get to the weight limit for his upcoming featherweight bout against Nik Lentz. As a result, Oliveira now forfeits 20 percent of his purse to Lentz.

"I was sick for the past week in Brazil, and I was pretty bad when I got to the United States," Oliveira said. "I couldn’t cut weight, and I’m not feeling well to cut weight, so that’s why I missed weight. I had high fever, headache. I think it was a viral infection. But I was the one who asked for this fight, so I couldn’t withdraw."

This is the second time Oliveira failed to make weight for a featherweight bout. In September 2012 he also had issues prior to his match with Cub Swanson which he lost via first-round knockout.

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