Phoenix, AZ — One of the astir anticipated cards of the twelvemonth deed a fewer velocity bumps, but the UFC 274 main lawsuit astir surely delivered.
Justin Gaethje had spent a batch of combat week successful Phoenix alluding to the discontinue that was successful Charles Oliveira. But helium showed nary discontinue connected Saturday, adjacent erstwhile being dropped doubly successful a circular by Gaethje. Instead, helium coiled up submitting Gaethje aft lasting toe-to-toe with him for the amended portion of 5 minutes.
“It was what I expected, it was what you expected, it was what we each expected. Two earnestly atrocious dudes going astatine it,” UFC President Dana White told media outlets including Cageside Press pursuing the fight. “Oliveira proved contiguous that he’s the best, man. It truly is.”
The occupation with the combat had thing to bash with the combat itself. Instead, it was the contention surrounding Friday’s weigh-in, which saw Oliveira miss value by fractional a pound. That resulted successful the champ being stripped of his rubric — but aggregate fighters came forward to suggest a standard utilized down the scenes, anterior to fighters officially weighing successful with the commission, had been off.
Numerous fighters connected the UFC 274 paper did successful information measurement successful a fractional lb supra their declaration weight, but non-title fights are granted a one-pound allowance. Oliveira and Norma Dumont, however, some missed value by a fractional lb connected Friday. In Oliveira’s case, arsenic champion, determination was nary allowance for an other pound.
“It’s a nightmare. It’s a nightmare. We were conscionable talking astir it successful the back,” White said of the standard issue. “We person this contented wherever guys travel retired and commencement checking the standard the nighttime before, and each the Europeans and guys from different parts of the satellite bash kilos. And they each commencement f*cking with the standard to look astatine kilos, and who knows.”
The solution? The UFC volition person information defender the standard moving forward. “We’ve got to person a information defender successful determination wherever the standard is now. It’s conscionable thing we’re going to person to do.”
That said, portion it’s the promotion’s regularisation to portion a combatant who misses weight, it doesn’t look White is consenting to grant Oliveira his rubric back. “Listen, he’s the guy. He’s the guy. He didn’t marque weight, we person rules, the loop is vacant. I’m definite successful the eyes of the media and combat fans, Oliveira is the champion. But technically, he’s the fig 1 contender now.”
Charles Oliveira volition combat for golden next, however. White confirmed arsenic overmuch earlier moving connected from the subject. “One 100 percent.”
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