Charles Oliveira will have to vacate his UFC lightweight title when he fights Justin Gethje tomorrow night (Saturday, May 7, 2022) live on ESPN+PPV from inside the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, due to Friday’s failed weight cut. “Do Bronx” would not have qualified to win the 155-pound weight belt even if he defeated Gaethje, but that didn’t stop the Brazilian from focusing on Saturday’s fight.
Oliveira surprised many during early Friday when he came in half a pound over the 155-pound lightweight limit. The champion was given one extra hour to reduce the weight and make his main fight in the match with Gethji an official fight for the title, but the veteran simply couldn’t stress it out.
While some believe the wrong scale was the reason the fact that Oliveira lost weight for what was supposed to be his second straight defense, the fact that Oliveira lost weight was not changed. It is the fifth time in Oliveira’s career in the UFC that he has lost weight, but it is the first at the lightweight level. Even for a fighter with a history of gaining extra weight, this was a shocker to say the least.
Just hours after he was stripped of his title and Oliveira was deemed ineligible to take it back this weekend at UFC 274, the veteran fighter took to social media to issue an official statement.
“The hero has a name – his name is Charles Oliveira. Let’s go with everything the Brazilian nation. God is the God who has not forsaken me and will not go now.” Oliveira wrote on Instagram.
Oliveira also discussed the incident while broadcasting the ceremonial weight of UFC 274.
“The hero has a name. He said with the help of an interpreter: His name is Charles Oliveira.” The story is that I went up to my room. I weighed on the UFC scale on Thursday night. I went up to my room (and) did not consume anything. No water, no food, nothing. I swear to God. In the name of my daughter, the most sacred thing in my life. I went to bed. I wake up the next day and the pounds are gone.
I’m looking at him. I’m over a kilogram, actually. I’m done and I don’t understand what happened. I can’t understand. We’re working. We’re professionals. I didn’t do anything wrong. To me, it just didn’t make sense. Other fighters started talking About her too. They started talking about 200g, 300g. It was exactly the scale difference with the UFC. That’s what we’ll get back to. The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira. “
In addition, Oliveira’s coach, Diego Lima, issued a statement blaming hotels’ size for the fiasco on Friday. Lima confirms that Oliveira went to sleep with a heavyweight Thursday night only to discover he was still a heavyweight early Friday.
“We went to sleep on the weight, checked the weight on the scale the organization leaves for us in the basement and everything was fine,” Lima told Combate. “When we checked on him in the morning, [his weight] It was off. We posted last night that he gained weight because that’s what really happened. You are witnesses to this, Charles has never lost weight since he reached 155. Even when there was no belt [on the line]was under the permissible limit, did not use the pound allowance.
“If you keep saying it, people will think it’s an excuse, but it is the truth. We even posted last night that he put on a good weight. He gained weight and went to bed.”
In any case, Oliveira will not be the UFC Lightweight Champion anymore when his fight with Gaethje begins tomorrow night at UFC 274. If Oliveira is able to defeat “Highlight”, he will line up himself for a title fight against another top contender, in an official UFC version .
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