Charles Oliveira is no longer the UFC lightweight champion
Charles Oliveira, the man who succeeded Khabib Nurmagomedov as UFC lightweight champion, was stripped of his world title after failing to make weight ahead of his UFC 274 title defense against Justin Gaethje in Phoenix , Arizona, scheduled for Saturday evening.
Oliveira came in half a pound over the 155-pound championship limit when he stepped on the scales on the eve of the fight, with UFC officials announcing shortly after that the world title would be vacated Consequently.
The UFC 274 main event bout will go ahead as scheduled, although only Gaethje remains eligible to win the championship. In the event that Oliveira wins the fight, he will immediately become the top contender and contest the vacant world title with another fighter yet to be determined at a later date.
Charles Oliveira looked surprised when his weight was read at 156, then 155.5 pounds as he weighed in for #UFC274
He will have an extra hour to make a championship weight of 155 pounds. pic.twitter.com/13oQhfzM9b
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 6, 2022
The situation was further complicated by allegations from other fighters on the card that the scales used by the fighters in the hotel on the eve of the weigh-ins had been reset overnight and were potentially showing inaccurate readings.
Oliveira had posted on social media on Thursday night that he was overweight ahead of the title fight, and appeared confused when it was announced he was over the championship weight limit.
The Brazilian fighter was given an extra hour to lose the remaining half pound but was unable to do so, prompting the UFC to vacate his world lightweight title.
It was the first time in UFC history that a fight lost a world championship on the scales.
Oliveira’s head coach Diego Lima told Brazilian outlet Combate that he was surprised at the unfolding situation.
“We fell asleep on the weight, we checked the weight on the scale that the organization left us downstairs and everything was OK,” he said.
“When we checked it in the morning, [his weight] was off. We even posted last night that he gained weight because that’s what really happened. Witness it, Charles has never missed weight since he went up to 155. Even when there was no belt [on the line]he was under the limit, he didn’t use the book allowance.
“If I keep saying it, people will think it’s an excuse, but it’s the truth. We even posted last night that he had put on some good weight. He gained weight and went to bed.”
3/4 is the weight of the championship. Cut the BS.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) May 6, 2022
Oliveira’s opponent, Justin Gaethje, however, contradicted those claims, saying that the excuses given by the Brazilian team did not add up and that three of the four fighters participating in the world title fights had all managed to take some time off. weight.
“3/4 is the weight of the championship. Cut the BS,“, he wrote on Twitter.
“Same missionGaethje later said at the public weigh-in ceremony. “This shit doesn’t matter. It won’t affect anything tomorrow night. I’m here to knock him out. I was there to knock him out before he gained weight.
“I f****** think this is ridiculous but here I am. I’m going to break his ass. I promise you.”
But as far as Oliveira is concerned, the late drama won’t change what happens in the cage.
“These things happensaid Oliveira through her translator. “You cannot explain God. The champion has a name and it’s Charles Oliveira and I’m going to shock the world tomorrow.”