UFC 274 results, major: Charles Oliveira has nominated Justin Gaethje as lightweight rival

Charles Oliveira may not be the UFC lightweight champion, but there is no doubt who is the lightest in the world. Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje in a fierce sugar competition at UFC 274 Saturday night.

Things, as always on this lightweight campaign, did not look good to Oliveira at first. Gaethje knocked Oliveira twice in the opening game: first with the right-hand lane and then with the left-handed hook. “The Highlight” was careful not to step down with Oliveira and welcome him to his feet. Gaethje’s unwillingness to surrender to the ground and the pound led to his eventual demise. Oliveira found his footing and responded with great compulsion. Combine punches, knees, knees flying and jumping forward. “Do Bronx” found the house with the right hand that became Gaethje. Oliveira immediately twisted her net on the ground, and switched from her naked back to the armbar to the third armbar before drowning in the back of her genitals which forced Gaethje to hit.

UFC president Dana White was absent from the Octagon for his ceremony to tie the UFC head to the winner’s waist. Oliveira, who was a UFC lightweight champion earlier this week, took off his belt after missing half a pound. There were rumors circulating from several fighters this week that the wrong scales given to the fighters in advance had contributed to the weight gain. Regardless, Oliveira is no longer a lightweight UFC competitor but will compete in his next fight.

“Hey, there’s something here,” Oliveira laughed during a post-war interview with the help of an interpreter. “This is a message for the whole division, I have a problem for the whole division, look at this team look I am the light, that is my head, it should be here.

“Hey Conor McGregor, are you coming or are you running away?”

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Oliveira has extended his lead to 11 and has finished Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Kevin Lee and many more during this time. The only minor flaw – if you can name it – is Tony Ferguson’s victory in December 2020.

White later confirmed that Oliveira would fight for the title on his next trip. White has no doubt that Oliveira is the crowned champion on the team. Unfortunately, the rules and regulations.

“It’s the boy,” White told reporters at UFC 274 post-war press conference. “He did not make a fortune. We have rules. He did not make a fortune. The belt is nothing but I believe that in the minds of journalists and fighters, Oliveira is the hero. But technically, he is the number one competitor.”

Elsewhere, Carla Esparza also found a women’s strawweight title after nearly eight years from the top of the mountain. “Cookie Monster” featured Rose Namajunas on two of the three judges’ cards for the first-ever winner in 2014. In addition, Michael Chandler gave fans the worst knock in recent memory and his forward kick by Tony Ferguson.

CBS Sports was with you all Saturday and brought you all the results and highlights of UFC 274 below.

UFC 274 card and effects

  • Charles Oliveira protests. Justin Gaethje through the first submission (back-naked choke)
  • Carla Esparza protests. Rose Namajunas (c) through a split election (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)
  • Michael Chandler argues. Tony Ferguson knock around again (front)
  • Ovince Saint Preux protests. Mauricio Rua through a split election (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Randy Brown protests. Khaos Williams through the division (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Francisco Trinaldo argues. Danny Roberts through election (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Macy Chiasson argues. Norma Dumont through a split election (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Brandon Royval argues. Matt Schnell through the first submission (guillotine choke)
  • Blagoy Ivanov protests. Marcos Rogerio De Lima via decision8 (29-2, 29-8, 29-28)
  • Andre Fiahlo protests. Cameron Vancamp via first TKO (punch)
  • Tracy Cortez argues. Melissa Gatto through the election (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • CJ Vergara protests. Kleidison Rodrigues through a split election (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Loopy Godinez protests. Ariane Carnelosis via decision7 (30-2, 30-6, 30-26)
  • Journey Newson protests. Fernie Garcia through election 8 (30-27, 30-27, 29-2)

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