Charles Oliveira may not be the UFC lightweight champion, but there is no question who is the best lightweight on the planet. Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje on a violent sugar rush at UFC 274 on Saturday night.
Things, as usual during this lightweight title campaign, did not look good for Oliveira from the start. Gaethje dropped Oliveira twice in the first round: first with a right uppercut and then with a left hook. ‘El Resaltado’ was careful not to make contact with Oliveira on the ground and welcomed him at his feet. Gaethje’s unwillingness to commit to ground-and-pound led to his eventual demise. Oliveira found his balance and responded with relentless pressure. Combination boxing, knee strikes, flying knees and jumping front kick. “Do Bronx” found home with a right hand that sat up Gaethje. Oliveira immediately spun his web on the ground, going from a rear naked choke to an armbar to a triangle armbar before sinking into a rear naked choke that forced Gaethje to tap.
UFC President Dana White was notably absent from the Octagon for his traditional role of tying the UFC title around the winner’s waist. Oliveira, who was the defending UFC lightweight champion at the start of the week, was stripped of the belt from him after losing weight by half a pound. Rumors circulated this week from several fighters that inaccurate scales given to fighters in advance contributed to the weight issues. Regardless, Oliveira is no longer the UFC lightweight champion, but he will compete for him in his next fight.
“Hey, there’s something here,” Oliveira joked during the post-fight interview with the help of a translator. “This is a message to the entire division. I’m a problem to the entire division. Look at this team, look at me. I’m the enlightened one. That’s my title. I should be here.”
“Hey Conor McGregor, are you going to go upstairs or are you going to run?”
Oliveira has extended his winning streak to 11 and has finished off Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Kevin Lee and many others during that span. The only minor flaw, if you can call it that, is a clear unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson in December 2020.
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UFC 274 card and results
- Charles Oliveira def. Justin Gaethje via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Carla Esparza right. Rose Namajunas (c) via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)
- 2nd round knockout (front kick)
- Ovince Saint Preux def. Mauricio Rua via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Randy Brown def. Khaos Williams via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Francisco Trinaldo right. Danny Roberts by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)
- Macy Chiasson right. Norma Dumont via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Brandon Royval defeated. Matt Schnell via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
- Blagoy Ivanov def. Marcos Rogerio De Lima by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- André Fiahlo def. Cameron Vancamp by first-round TKO (punches)
- Tracy Cortez right. Melissa Gatto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- CJ Vergara defeated. Kleidison Rodrigues via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Loopy Godinez def. Ariane Carnelossi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- Trip Newson right Fernie Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)