UFC 274 results, highlights: Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje to become top contender at lightweight

UFC 274 results, highlights: Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje to become top contender at lightweight

Charles Oliveira is probably not the UFC light-weight champion, however there’s no doubting who’s the most efficient light-weight on planet. Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje in a violent sugar rush at UFC 274 on Saturday night time.

Issues, as standard all the way through this light-weight identify marketing campaign, didn’t glance just right for Oliveira early. Gaethje dropped Oliveira on two events within the opening around: first with a proper uppercut after which with a left hook. “The Highlight” was once conscious not to have interaction at the floor with Oliveira and welcomed him to his ft. Gaethje’s unwillingness to decide to ground-and-pound resulted in his eventual death. Oliveira discovered his footing and answered with relentless drive. Mixture boxing, knees, flying knees and a leaping entrance kick. “Do Bronx” discovered the house a proper hand that seated Gaethje. Oliveira straight away spun his internet at the floor, transitioning from a rear-naked choke to armbar to triangle armbar earlier than sinking in a rear-naked choke that compelled Gaethje to faucet.

UFC president Dana White was once noticeably absent from the Octagon for his conventional position of strapping the UFC identify across the winner’s waist. Oliveira, who was once the protecting UFC light-weight champion firstly of the week, was once stripped of his belt after lacking weight by way of part a pound. There have been rumors circulating from a couple of warring parties this week that incorrect scales given to the warring parties upfront contributed to weight problems. Regardless, Oliveira is not the UFC light-weight champion however will compete for it in his subsequent combat.

“Hey there is something here,” Oliveira teased all the way through the post-fight interview with assist from a translator. “This is a message to the entire division. I am problem for the entire division. Look at this team, look at me. I am the enlightened.  That is my title. It should be here.

“Whats up Conor McGregor, are you bobbing up or are you going to run away?”

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Oliveira has extended his winning streak to 11 and has finished Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Kevin Lee and many others during that stretch. The only small blemish — if you can call it that — is a clear unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson in December 2020.

White later confirmed that Oliveira would fight for the title in his next outing. White has no doubt that Oliveira is the uncrowned champion of the division. Unfortunately, rules are rules.

“He is the man,” White told reporters at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference. “He did not make weight. We have now regulations. He did not make the load. The belt is vacant however I am positive within the minds of the media and the combat enthusiasts, Oliveira is the champion. However technically, he’s the #1 contender now.”

Elsewhere, Carla Esparza regained the women’s strawweight title after nearly eight years away from the top of the mountain. The “Cookie Monster” outpointed Rose Namajunas on two of the three judges’ scorecards to take home the belt she first won in 2014. Plus, Michael Chandler gave fans one of the nastiest knockouts in recent memory with his front kick finish of Tony Ferguson.

CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from the UFC 274 below.

UFC 274 card and results

  • Charles Oliveira def. Justin Gaethje via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Carla Esparza def. Rose Namajunas (c) via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)
  • Michael Chandler def. Tony Ferguson second-round knockout (entrance kick)
  • Ovince Saint Preux def. Mauricio Rua by means of break up resolution (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Randy Brown def. Khaos Williams by means of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Francisco Trinaldo def. Danny Roberts by means of unanimous resolution (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Macy Chiasson def. Norma Dumont by means of break up resolution (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Brandon Royval def. Matt Schnell by means of first-round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Blagoy Ivanov def. Marcos Rogerio De Lima by means of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Andre Fiahlo def. Cameron Vancamp by means of first-round TKO (punches)
  • Tracy Cortez def. Melissa Gatto by means of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • CJ Vergara def. Kleidison Rodrigues by means of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Crazy Godinez def. Ariane Carnelossi by means of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Adventure Newson def. Fernie Garcia by means of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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