Oliveira to lose UFC belt after failing to hit weight


PHOENIX — Charles Oliveira might be stripped of the UFC light-weight championship after lacking weight Friday on the UFC 274 weigh-ins.

Oliveira got here at 155.5 kilos, a half-pound over the restrict for a light-weight title struggle. Because of this, the title is now thought of vacant — and Saturday night time, solely his opponent, Justin Gaethje, is eligible to win the belt. This may have been Oliveira’s second title protection.

Oliveira first got here to the scales with 5 minutes remaining within the preliminary weigh-in interval. He appeared shocked because the commissioner shouted out the missed weight. He was given a further hour to chop the load, however he missed it as soon as once more after returning.

In a press release, the UFC mentioned the motion of stripping Oliveira’s title will occur “upon the beginning of the principle occasion headliner.”

Gaethje (23-3), who trains out of Denver, got here in at 155 kilos and is a former interim champion. He unsuccessfully challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed crown in 2020. It turned out to be Nurmagomedov’s last struggle earlier than he retired.

Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (11-4) and Carla Esparza (18-6) every made weight at 115 kilos. Their title struggle is a rematch of the primary strawweight title struggle in UFC historical past in 2014. Esparza received that preliminary assembly by submission. Namajunas, 29, has come into her personal since as a two-time UFC champion with a present three-fight win streak.

Fan favorites Michael Chandler (22-7) and Tony Ferguson (25-6) may steal a number of the highlight from the principle and co-main occasions. Each appeared good as they made weight, and each are in huge want of a win. Chandler got here near successful the UFC title final 12 months earlier than dropping a back-and-forth battle with Oliveira. He then misplaced an immediate traditional to Gaethje in November by unanimous determination.

Moreover, former title challenger Donald Cerrone (36-16) got here in at 155.5 kilos for a bout in opposition to fellow veteran Joe Lauzon (28-15), who will make his first look since 2019.

Norma Dumont additionally missed weight, failing by half a pound to hit the featherweight restrict. She was fined 30% of her purse, however her struggle in opposition to Macy Chiasson remains to be on.

UFC 274 takes place Saturday inside Footprint Heart and airs on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

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