Oliveira Issues Statement Following Weigh-Ins Disaster

Oliveira Issues Statement Following Weigh-Ins Disaster

Charles Oliveira will have to vacate his UFC lightweight title when he fights Justin Gaethje tomorrow night (Sat., May 7, 2022) live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, due to a botched weight cut on Friday. “Do Bronx” will not be eligible to win the 155-pound strap even if he defeats Gaethje, but that hasn’t stopped the Brazilian from focusing on Saturday’s fight.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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Oliveira surprised many during Friday’s early weigh ins when he came in a half pound over the 155-pound lightweight limit. The champion was awarded one additional hour to cut the weight and make his main event clash with Gaethje an official title fight, but the veteran simply couldn’t sweat it out.

While some believe that a faulty scale was to blame that doesn’t change the fact that Oliveira missed weight for what was supposed to be his second-straight title defense. It’s the fifth time in Oliveira’s UFC career that he has missed weight, but the first at the lightweight level. Even for a fighter with a track history of coming in over weight this was a shocker to say the least.

A few hours after his title was stripped and Oliveira was deemed ineligible to win it back this weekend at UFC 274 the veteran fighter took to social media to issue an official statement.

“The champion has a name — his name is Charles Oliveira. Let’s go with everything Brazilian nation. God is God he never abandoned me and it won’t be now that he goes. I am the CHOSEN THE ILLUMINATED,” wrote Oliveira via Instagram.

In addition, Oliveira’s head coach, Diego Lima, issued a statement blaming the hotel scale for Friday’s miss. According to Lima, Oliveira went to bed on weight Thursday night only to find out he was still too heavy when he stepped on the official scale early Friday.

“We went to sleep on weight, we checked the weight on the scale the organization leaves for us downstairs and everything was OK,” Lima told Combate. “When we checked it in the morning, [his weight] was off. We even posted last night that he had made weight because that’s what really happened. You’re witnesses of this, Charles has never missed weight since he moved up to 155. Even when there was no belt [on the line], he was under the limit, he didn’t use the pound allowance.

“If I keep saying it, people will think it’s an excuse, but that’s the truth. We even posted last night he made weight well. He made weight and went to bed.”

In any case, Oliveira will no longer be UFC lightweight champion when his fight with Gaethje starts tomorrow night at UFC 274. If Oliveira is able to defeat “Highlight” then he’ll line himself up for a title fight against another top contender, per an official UFC release.

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