UFC lightweight fighter Charles Oliveira missed the championship mark by 0.5 lbs ahead of UFC 274
The main event of UFC 274 has been hit by a major bump, as Charles Oliveira missed weight by a thin 0.5 lbs, even as he was given a second attempt. Oliveira (32-8 MMA) was set to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje (23-3 MMA) in the headliner of tomorrow night’s pay-per-view event in Phoenix.
This debacle marked the first time in UFC history that a champion lost his belt on the scales. The Brazilian was forced to vacant his belt, while Justin Gaethje who made the championship weight is still eligible to claim it. If Charles wins the fight, he will not get his hands on the belt, and will probably get another immediate title shot with the next contender in line for the vacant belt.
The only other scenario was when Nicco Montano was hospitalized before her scheduled bout against Valentina Shevchenko. She was later stripped of the title after being unable to weigh in or compete.
Pro Fighters react to Charles Oliveira missing weight
Several MMA fighters and experts were quick to react to this incident on Twitter, and these were their reactions.
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