Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje Booked For UFC 274 In May

Charles Oliveira’s next lightweight title defense is set, as the Brazilian is set to take on Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report Oliveira and Gaethje’s upcoming clash. This fight will be joining Glover T…

Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje

Charles Oliveira’s next lightweight title defense is set, as the Brazilian is set to take on Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report Oliveira and Gaethje’s upcoming clash. This fight will be joining Glover Teixeira and Ji?í Procházka’s light heavyweight title bout slated for the same card. There is currently no word on which fight will serve as the main event. According to the ESPN report, this card is expected to take place in the United States after originally being targeted for Brazil.

Justin Gaethje was adamant about his place as the #1 contender after defeating Michael Chandler in a Fight of the Year candidate at UFC 268. Dana White agreed with Gaethje’s self-assessment and has now put the idea into action by making the fight plans public.

UFC 268: Justin Gaethje, Michael Chandler put on epic battle
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Earlier this week, Gaethje put MMA journalists on blast for even suggesting Conor McGregor could skip the title-shot queue and receive a title shot upon return. Should Gaethje defeat Oliveira at UFC 274, he will put himself into a powerful enough position to hold the highest cards of the lightweight title picture.

This will be Gaethje’s second opportunity at becoming lightweight champion after coming up short against then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2020.

This bout will mark Charles Oliveira’s second lightweight title defense. Last month, he defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 via third-round submission to cement himself as the king of the 155 division.

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Oliveira has not lost a bout since a 2017 defeat to Paul Felder. Since then, he has turned an incredible 10-fight winning streak, with an astonishing 9 of those 10 wins being by way of finish. Come May 7, Oliveira will look to add Justin Gaethje to his highlight reel.

With the addition of this title bout, the updated UFC 274 card is as follows:

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Glover Teixeira © vs. Ji?í Procházka

UFC Lightweight Championship: Charles Oliveira © vs. Justin Gaethje

Macy Chiasson vs. Norma Dumont

Who do you think will win this lightweight championship bout between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje?

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Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje Is Set For UFC 274

Charles OliveiraCharles Oliveira is set to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7 according to a report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN. “OLIVEIRA VS. GAETHJE IS ON, per UFC president Dana White,” Okamoto wrote on social media. “Championship fight will take place May 7, location TBD. What a fight. And […]

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Charles Oliveira is set to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7 according to a report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN.

“OLIVEIRA VS. GAETHJE IS ON, per UFC president Dana White,” Okamoto wrote on social media. “Championship fight will take place May 7, location TBD. What a fight. And Still? And New?”

Oliveira’s fine run of eight straight wins has seen him win and defend the 155lb strap. ‘Do Bronx’ beat knocked out Michael Chandler to become the lightweight champion at UFC 263. The Brazilian submission specialist subsequently tapped out Dustin Poirier inside three rounds at UFC 269 in what was his first title fence.

Gaethje has been determined to get another crack at UFC gold ever since he failed in his bid to unify the lightweight division against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. ‘The Highlight’ has since bounced back from that defeat with a three-round decision win over Chandler in a fight many believed to be the best MMA had to offer in 2021

UFC 274 does not have an official location but is expected to take place in Brazil. Oliveira’s compatriot, Glover Teixeira will put his light-heavyweight title on the line against Jiri Prochazka in the UFC 274 co-main event.

Who do you think will win at UFC 274? Charles Oliveira or Justin Gaethje?

Gaethje: I Thought Chandler Clash At UFC 268 Was A Boring Fight

UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje had a significantly different take than most fans while he fought Michael Chandler at UFC 268.

In the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden last November, a host of moments took the roof off the iconic…

Justin Gaethje, UFC 268: Chandler vs. Gaethje

UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje had a significantly different take than most fans while he fought Michael Chandler at UFC 268.

In the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden last November, a host of moments took the roof off the iconic arena and had fans across the world stuck to their TV sets.

From Chris Barnett’s spinning wheel kick, Ian Garry’s McGregor-esque debut knockout, and Alex Pereira’s memorable flying knee KO, to Rose Namajunas and Kamaru Usman’s successful title defenses, the event certainly didn’t disappoint.

But the one fight that left everybody talking was the clash of lightweight contenders between Gaethje and Chandler. Leaving everything in the cage, both men swung hard and put their bodies on the line. After 15 minutes, Gaethje walked away with the unanimous decision verdict, but both played their part in what was the consensus fight of the year bout.

Gaethje Had A Different View During The Fight

Whether it was FOTY or not, everybody has and continues to recognize the incredible contest. But one man had a different version of events at the time, that man being one half of the memorable clash.

During a recent interview with BT Sport while in attendance at UFC 270 last weekend, Gaethje incredibly claimed he thought the fight was “boring” while he was inside the Octagon. “The Highlight” said he didn’t like it because the main card opener represented a rare moment where he favored securing the victory over putting “Iron” to sleep.

“To be completely honest with you, I felt like that was kind of a boring fight when I was in there,” said Gaethje. “Yeah, it just makes no sense. It’s the first time I’ve ever wanted to win more than to knock somebody out. So, yeah, it was not good, I didn’t like it. I wanna go back to just wanting to hurt somebody and finish them. But, now that I’ve won, I got my title shot, I can go back to how it should be.”

Thrilling, exhilarating, exciting, enthralling, memorable, crazy, and a host of other adjectives have been used to describe UFC’s 268’s Fight of the Night. But I guess we now have to add… boring to it? I’m okay leaving that out if you are.

How would you describe Justin Gaethje’s barnburner with Michael Chandler at UFC 268?

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Gaethje: Journalists Should Do Everything To Prevent McGregor Title Shot

Justin Gaethje has strong words regarding Conor McGregor’s current status in the lightweight division.

After Charles Oliveira’s successful title defense in late 2021, it’s unknown who he will face next at lightweight. Gaethje believes he is next in…

Justin Gaethje has strong words regarding Conor McGregor’s current status in the lightweight division.

After Charles Oliveira’s successful title defense in late 2021, it’s unknown who he will face next at lightweight. Gaethje believes he is next in line for a title shot, and he hopes McGregor won’t get a fight before him.

When appearing at UFC 270 last weekend, Gaethje was asked how he would feel about McGregor getting a title shot next. He reacted strongly to this scenario, mentioning how he disagrees with that potential situation.

“I don’t know, I don’t wanna talk about it. The only reason it’s even almost (a thing) is because you guys keep asking me about it, you guys keep talking about it. You’re really just doing your job, and it’s just to create a story,” said Gaethje in an interview with BT Sport. “He’s irrelevant right now, he’s got a broken leg.

“With that question, you have to question the integrity, and you, as a journalist, have to stand behind it, and you know that it should never happen and you should do everything from keeping it from happening.”

McGregor On Two Fight Skid, Gaethje Coming Off Recent Win

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A title shot for McGregor would certainly be odd circumstances. The former two-division champion is currently on a two-fight skid at lightweight. Both of those losses came last year in main event fights against Dustin Poirier.

Gaethje is currently the top-ranked contender at lightweight. He secured this place in the rankings after defeating former Bellator Champion Michael Chandler last year. This victory didn’t come easy, as he brawled to a “Fight of the Year” contender decision win after three rounds.

Gaethje has been in the title picture before. He challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2020, getting submitted in the second round of that fight. Nurmagomedov would later retire from competition after that victory.

Do you agree with Justin Gaethje’s assessment of Conor McGregor?

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Justin Gaethje Scoffs At ‘Irrelevant’ Conor McGregor For Title Shot Demand

justin gaethjeLightweight number one contender Justin Gaethje has opened up on Conor McGregor‘s recent claims that he should be the next man to fight Charles Oliveira for the title. In a recent interview with Caroline Pearce of BT Sport, ‘The Highlight’ said that the only reason this conversation keeps coming up is that the media keeps […]

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Lightweight number one contender Justin Gaethje has opened up on Conor McGregor‘s recent claims that he should be the next man to fight Charles Oliveira for the title.

In a recent interview with Caroline Pearce of BT Sport, ‘The Highlight’ said that the only reason this conversation keeps coming up is that the media keeps initiating it. 

“The only reason it’s even almost (happening) is because you guys keep asking me about it and you guys keep talking about it. You’re really just doing your job and it’s just to create a story, he’s irrelevant right now. He’s got a broken leg right now and with that and you know, with that you’ve gotta question the integrity.”

Gaethje added that from a moral standpoint, members of the media know that McGregor skipping the line to fight for the title shouldn’t be happening and they should be doing everything in their power to keep it from happening.

Pearce also informed Gaethje that his fight with Michael Chandler at UFC 268 won BT Sport’s award for Fight of the Year. He was gracious to receive the honour but surprisingly replied by saying that when he was in there it felt like a boring fight to him, something UFC President Dana White strongly disagreed with as he gave the bout his nod for Fight of the Year.

Justin Gaethje Wants To Fight In Front Chaotic Brazillian Crowd

When discussing the potential title showdown with 155-pound king Charles Oliveira, Gaethje has made it clear he wants to defeat ‘Do Bronx’ in his home country of Brazil.

Gaethje said that he’d like to be on the May 7 card in Brazil for no reason other than the fact that he “loves the chaos,” something he’s always been very open about.

It’s worth noting that Gaethje has never fought outside of the United States aside from once on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Oliveira on the other hand last fought in Brazil in March of 2020, defeating Kevin Lee right before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown restrictions.

Would you rather see Justin Gaethje or Conor McGregor fight Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title next?