Charles Oliveira has missed weight for what would have been his third UFC Lightweight title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.
He officially weighed-in at 155.5 pounds, a half pound over the 155 pound lightweight title-fight weight limit.
By missing weight, Oliveira has become the first ever UFC Champion to miss weight ahead of a title defense, and according to UFC officials has been stripped of the Lightweight belt. The UFC has stated that the fight against Gaethje is still on, and Justin Gaethje is still eligible to become the undisputed champion if he defeats Oliveira. If Oliveira wins the fight, the UFC Lightweight title will remain vacant.
Oliveira weighed 155.5 in his first weigh-in attempt, and after having an extra hour to cut the final half of a pound, ‘Do Bronx’ ultimately came in at the same weight.
This is the first time in UFC history that a reigning champion has lost the title on the scale. The situation is reminiscent of WEC 36 when Paulo Filho missed weight ahead of a Middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen, although that fight was demoted to a non-title fight after Filho’s miss. Sonnen was unable to win the Middleweight title despite defeating Filho in the fight.
Gaethje will still be able to become the undisputed champion if he wins the fight while Oliveira has now made history as the first ever UFC Champion to lose their belt to the scale.
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