A star-studded UFC 274 card was rocked by staggering weigh-in drama as lightweight champion Charles Oliveira became the first-ever belt-holder to be stripped of his title due to missing weight.

Two UFC championships were supposed to go on the line on Sunday but that dramatically changed when Oliveira was stripped of his belt after coming in overweight at 155.5 pounds.

It means that only Justin Gaethje can win the UFC lightweight championship on Sunday when the two face off in the octagon – with famous rapper Drake betting a whopping $ 600,000 on Gaethje to become the new champ.

And the chaos continued on Sunday as a veteran was forced to pull out on the eve of the event due to food poisoning.

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Gaethje was scathing when asked about Oliveira’s weigh-in drama on Saturday, calling it “f *** ing ridiculous” and the controversy certainly created a storm in the UFC world.

Paul Felder called it a “disgrace” while Ariane Carnelossi hit out amid accusations of tampering with the scales.

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But that is just outside noise for Oliveira, who told ESPN that he has already moved past the drama and firmly has his sights on improving his 32-8 record in brutal fashion.

“If they thought it was going to frustrate me, they’re going to see a Charles 10 times better,” Oliveira said in Portuguese.

“I’m ready for this. The champion’s name is Charles Oliveira, there’s no one else. “

Oliveira also explained the weigh-in drama from his perspective, offering a detailed account of events while declaring he had “made weight” the night before.

“Man, we’re not here to make up stories. I swear in the name of my daughter, the most important thing in my life, I made weight on UFC’s scale on Thursday night [Friday AEST]”He said.

“On Friday [Saturday AEST] morning, we went there [to check the weight] and it was 1 kilogram over. I said: ‘This is crazy. I’ve not drunk or eaten anything, I have to be lower than that. You’re crazy. ‘ And we started this war [cutting weight again].

“Every other fighter [said] the same thing, 300 grams or 500 grams over. We saw that they even told the commission it was over and they never told us. “


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While Oliveira claimed the weigh-in controversy would not derail his preparation, Gaethje too boldly promised to knock his rival out, declaring: “That s *** doesn’t matter”.

“It’s not going to affect one thing tomorrow,” he added.

“I’m here to knock him out. I was here to knock him out before he didn’t make weight. “

Former interim champion Gaethje boasts a 23-3 record and has a reason to be confident in securing a knockout win, having taken 19 of his fights by KO.

Michael Johnson, James Vick and Edson Barboza are just a few of the big names to have been knocked out by Gaethje and now he is aiming to do the same to Oliveira and claim his first undisputed UFC title.

Drake is certainly on Gaethje’s side, having put $ 550,000 Canadian (about $ AUD600,000) on Gaethje to beat Oliveira and will win $ AUD1.5 million should it come off.

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In other headline fights on the main card, women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will be looking to avenge her loss to No.2 ranked Carla Esparza in a rematch bout.

Namajunas (12-4) was defeated by Esparza (19-6) way back in 2014 for the inaugural strawweight title, with ‘Thug Rose’ admitting that comparisons to Ronda Rousey led to an inflated ego.

“I didn’t really care about Carla. You know, I didn’t think she was on my level, ”Namajunas said on the UFC 274 countdown show.

“Being called the next Ronda Rousey, you don’t think anybody is on your level.”

Esparza will once again present a stern test, coming off five wins in a row as she looks to kickstart her second reign at the top of the division.

Another big fight in the main card sees No.5 ranked lightweight Michael Chandler (22-7) face off with Tony Ferguson (26-7), with the former Bellator champion telling reporters he is prepared for “a fight of the year candidate” .


After the weigh-in chaos, there was more drama just before the card began when Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was forced to withdraw due to illness.

The 39-year-old UFC veteran’s bout with Joe Lauzon was axed from the main card, with commentator Joe Rogan claiming food poisoning was behind Cerrone’s absence.

“They think what might have happened is Donald ate something bad,” Rogan said. “Because he was throwing up, he couldn’t keep food down. He felt terrible.

“They tried to give him time to recover but I talked to Dr. (Jeff) Davidson and it was just not going to happen. “


The main card begins at 12pm AEST.

The preliminary card begins at 10am AEST.

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Main Card – 12pm AEST

Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje – UFC lightweight title

Rose Namajunas (C) vs. Carla Esparza – UFC strawweight title

Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson (lightweight)

Ovince St. Preux vs. Mauricio Rua (light heavyweight)

Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon (lightweight) – CANCELED

Preliminary Card – 10am AEST

Randy Brown vs. Kalinn Williams

Francisco Trinaldo vs. Danny Roberts

Macy Chiasson def. Norma Dumont by split decision

Brandon Royval def. Matt Schnell via submission (guillotine)

Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass) – 8am AEST

Blagoy Ivanov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andre Fialho def. Cameron VanCamp by TKO

Tracy Cortez def. Melissa Gatto by unanimous decision

CJ Vergara def. Kleydson Rodrigues by split decision

Loopy Godinez def. Ariane Carnelossi by unanimous decision

Journey Newson def. Fernie Garcia by unanimous decision


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