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 shocking 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. I am the luminous chosen one,” Oliveira wrote via Instagram.
In addition, Oliveira’s coach, Diego Lima, issued a statement blaming hotels’ size for the fiasco on Friday. According to Lima, Oliveira went to bed Thursday night with a heavyweight only to discover he was still very heavy when he stepped on the official scale 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 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 eyewitnesses to it, 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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