PHOENIX — One of many UFC’s hottest and dynamic weight courses takes heart stage on Saturday, with Charles Oliveira (32-8) getting ready to step into the Octagon towards Justin Gaethje (23-3) in the primary occasion UFC 274 inside Footprint Middle. Nevertheless, Oliveira missed weight on Friday, leading to him getting stripped of the light-weight title. Gaethje, who made weight on Friday, is eligible to win the title on Saturday evening.
Gaethje, of Arizona, is a former interim champion, whose solely loss within the final 4 years got here towards Khabib Nurmagomedov within the Dagestani’s remaining combat. Up till the missed weight, Oliveira had completed an incredible job moving into the function as champion, recording thrilling finishes towards Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier.
Within the co-main occasion, strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (11-4) and Carla Esparza (18-6) will meet in a rematch of the primary strawweight title combat in UFC historical past in 2014. Esparza received the preliminary assembly by submission.
And fan favorites Chandler (22-7) and Tony Ferguson (25-6) might steal the highlight from the primary and co-main occasions.
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Struggle in progress: Strawweight: Ariane Carnelossi (14-2, 2-1 UFC, +145) vs. Crazy Godinez (7-2, 2-2 UFC, -170)
Males’s bantamweight: Journey Newson (10-3 1 NC, 1-2 1 NC UFC) def. Fernie Garcia (10-2, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous determination (Watch on ESPN+)
Newson had not fought since September 2020, and through his prolonged layoff he apparently developed some urgency, as he was in Garcia’s face for a lot of their quarter-hour contained in the Octagon and earned a transparent determination for his first victory in his fourth UFC combat.
Newson, a 33-year-old from Portland, Oregon, got here at Garcia with an array of punches and kicks, peppering him with photographs earlier than hurting him twice within the remaining spherical – as soon as with a punch, as soon as with a kick. Two of the judges scored all three rounds his manner, and the opposite had it 29-28, additionally in Newson’s favor.
Garcia, who’s 30 and from Dallas, noticed a five-fight successful streak finish in his UFC debut. He confirmed some boxing expertise early however by no means ramped up his aggression sufficient to place Newson in peril.
Nonetheless to return:
(c) = defending champion
* = Solely Justin Gaethje can win the light-weight title at UFC 274