The UFC lightweight championship is at stake. Defending champion Charles Oliveira failed to break the 155-pound weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in. Oliveira is stripped of his title and unable to regain it in the main event. As a consequence, only his opponent Justin Gaethje is eligible to win the championship.
Oliveira initially weighed 156 pounds. He stripped naked for another attempt, but was still half a pound over the strict 155-pound weight limit. “Do Bronx” was allotted an extra hour to get rid of the excess weight. Non-title fights have a one pound extra weight allowance, meaning a fighter can weigh up to 156 pounds for a lightweight fight or 171 pounds for a 170 pound welterweight bout. This leniency is not offered to fighters fighting for a UFC title.
The promotion announced after the weigh-in that if Oliveira were to win Saturday’s fight he would be declared the No. 1 contender for the vacant title and would fight the closest challenger for the championship at a time and place to be determined at one later date acc Kevin Iole from Yahoo Sports.
UFC 274 is led by Oliveira vs. Gaethje. The co-main event is a rematch that lasted eight years as reigning women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas fought former champion Carla Esparza. Namajunas, Gaethje and Esparza were the first three fighters to gain weight. Oliveira only attempted to gain weight in the final five minutes of the two-hour weigh-in window.
UFC 274 takes place on Saturday, May 7th at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Other notable fights on the card include Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon.
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https://www.cbssports.com/mma/news/charles-oliveira-misses-weight-for-ufc-274-main-event-loses-lightweight-title-on-the-scale/ Charles Oliveira misses weight for UFC 274 main event and loses lightweight title on the scales