Tomorrow’s UFC lightweight title fight has taken a major hit – with titleholder, Charles Oliveira stripped of his undisputed crown after he missed weight at today’s official weigh-in ahead of UFC 274 by half a pound ahead of a title defense against Justin Gaethje.
Charles Oliviera, a native of Sao Paulo, has officially been stripped of the undisputed lightweight title as a result of his championship weight miss.
The #1 ranked former interim lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje will now become the only eligible fighter to leave Phoenix, Arizona tomorrow night with the undisputed lightweight title, with the bout remaining in tact.
During his first attempt to hit the lightweight championship limit of 155lbs, Charles Oliveira appeared quite confused as the commissioner read out his scale reading of 156lbs – before eventually stepping on the scale a second time behind a privacy box, this time weighing in at the limit of 155.5lbs.
Charles Oliveira had been plagued by weight-cut issues during his featherweight run previously
Granted an additional hour to attempt to hit the lightweight championship limit, with less than 5 minutes remaining before the allotted time limit expired, the Brazilian once more attempted to weigh in successfully, however, stepped on the scales at 155.5lbs for the bout once again – resulting in the stripping of his undisputed lightweight championship.
As per a promotion official, Oliveira has been stripped of the lightweight championship, with the throne now vacant. As mentioned, Arizona native, Gaethje is now the only eligible fighter between the duo to win the lightweight championship tomorrow night at the Footprint Center.
Charles Oliveira had managed to land the vacant lightweight title last year at UFC 262 against Michael Chandler, stopping the Missouri native with a second round knockout.
The Brazilian would then defeat former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, with a third round standing rear-naked choke to successfully defend the title in the main event of UFC 269 last December.