UFC 274 weigh-ins just took place and all the major stars have made weight except the Lightweight champ. After a major drama, Charles Oliveira missed weight by 0.5lbs as he weighed in at 155.5lbs. Justin Gaethje however, weighed in at 155lbs for the Lightweight Championship bout. Oliveira was given one more hour to shave off the extra half pound.
The event will also feature the UFC Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas defending her belt against Carla Esparza in the co-main event. Both Rose and Esparza have also weighed in at 115lbs. With both fighters making weight, the rematch of the 2014 fight is official for UFC 274.
In another significant fight lightweight, both Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler weighed in within the allowed limit of 156lbs for the non-title fights. While Tony came in at 155.5lbs, Chandler stepped on the scale at 156lbs. Donald Cerrone also weighed in under the allowed weight at 155.5lbs.
Norma Dumont also missed weight as she weighed in at 146.5lbs for her featherweight bout against Macy Chiasson. Hence she will have to forfeit 30% of her fight purse.
Is Charles Oliveira in trouble ahead of UFC 274?
Although it seemed as if it was a mishap with the scales, Charles Oliveira still missed weight. None of the other fighters had any issues with their weigh-ins. Hence, the question becomes whether the fans should be worried about Charles Oliveira or not. Do Bronx previously missed weight multiple times before in the UFC. So him missing weight for a title fight does not bode well for him.
FIghters often deflate themselves to make weight and it compromises their ability to take a shot. Oliveira is fighting Justin Gaethje who is one of the hardest punchers in the UFC. Hence Oliveira’s initial weight miss is not a good sign for the champion. Although he made the wight later, it still creates some doubts on whether he will be able to hydrate himself in time for the event this weekend. Charles was dropped in both of his last fights against Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. Can he survive Gaethje’s power on Saturday? Only time will tell.