Although the challenger to the world title, the North American Justin Gaethje met the balance, the world lightweight champion, the Brazilian Charles Oliveira failed at the weigh-in. As a result, the UFC world lightweight title was declared vacant. However, the fight will take place as planned and will be the main event on a card that will take place this Saturday, May 7, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
The fight, which is promoted by the UFC, will be televised on ESPN PPV.
Oliveira, who is 32 years old, comes into the fight with a record of 32-8 with 9 knockouts and 20 submissions. He missed the limit of the lightweight division by registering 155.5 pounds in the two attempts he had, overweight by 0.5 pounds. Gaethje, who is 33 years old, comes into the fight with a record of 23-3 with 19 knockouts and one submission. He ticked the scales by registering 155 pounds. As a result, the only one who will be able to come out as world champion in the fight will be if Justin Gaethje manages to beat his rival, since, in case Charles Oliveira wins or the fight is tied, the world title will remain vacant.
On the ‘UFC 274’ card, the co-main event of the night will feature Rose Namajunas, who will defend her strawweight world title at 115 pounds against challenger Carla Esparza, who also made the difference by registering 115 pounds. American Michael Chandler had to appeal to the extra pound allowed in non-title fights and at 156 pounds, he will have a tough test when he faces fellow American and fan favorite Tony Ferguson, who weighed in at 155.5 pounds. to validate his fight for the lightweight division. American veterans Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon will also meet in a fight valid for the lightweight division at 155.5 pounds each. In addition, the Mexican Lupita Godinez, who stopped the scale at 115 pounds,