Charles Oliveira tops a jam-packed card as he puts his lightweight belt on the line against dangerous Justin Gaethje this weekend at UFC 274: Everything to know ahead of the event
- Charles Oliveira puts his lightweight strap on the line this weekend at UFC 274
- The Brazilian (32W, 8L, 0D) faces a stern test in Justin Gaethje in the main event
- Gaethje last fought for a title in 2020, when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Also on the card is a bout between Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson
Charles Oliveira returns to the octagon as he puts his lightweight strap on the line against a dangerous Justin Gaethje who is desperate for redemption at UFC 274.
An in-form Oliveira claimed a stunning win over Dustin Poirier in December last year to retain his title and extend his ever-growing winning streak to 10 on the spin.
Gaethje, meanwhile, bounced back from his title defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov – in what has proven to be the Russian’s final-ever outing – by outpointing Michael Chandler in an epic encounter last year.
There is bad blood to settle between the two big-hitters, with Gaethje branding his impending opponent a ‘quitter’ prior to his win over Chandler, while Oliveira has since insisted he will ‘rise above’ the mind games.
The main event sits atop a jam-packed undercard, with women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas going head-to-head with Carla Esparza, while Chandler and Tony Ferguson square off after both falling to defeats last time out.
With the intriguing spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Charles Oliveira returns to the octagon at UFC 274 as he defends his lightweight crown
Standing in his way is Justin Gaethje, who defeated Michael Chandler last time out
The clash between Oliveira and Gaethje is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
The preliminary card will start at 1am on Sunday morning, for those in the UK, with the main card kicking off at 3am.
The pair are expected to touch gloves at around 6am, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand.
As stated, there is also plenty of action on the undercard, with the likes of Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson taking centre-stage.
How to watch the fight
UFC 271 will be available to watch on BT Sport, with their coverage starting at 1am.
Those not subscribed to BT Sport can sign up for a contract-free monthly pass for a price of £25. Viewers can then also stream the fight using their app or web player.
Alternatively, there are a number of BT Sport packages you can sign up for HERE.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Oliveira vs Gaethje: The keys stats
Height: 5ft 10in
Fight style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Record: 32W, 8L, 0D
Height: 5ft 11in
Fight style: Striker
Record: 23W, 3L, 0D
Oliveira sensationally retained his lightweight strap against Dustin Poirier last year at UFC 269
The champion rallied after being dropped during an opening round the challenger won
Meanwhile, Gaethje comes into the bout on the back of a decision win over Michael Chandler
Fight card in full
- Charles Oliveira vs Justin Gaethje for the UFC Lightweight Championship
- Rose Namajunas vs Carla Esparza for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
- Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson
- Mauricio Rua vs Ovince Saint Preux
- Donald Cerrone vs Joe Lauzon
- Randy Brown vs Khaos Williams
- Macy Chiasson vs Norma Dumont
- Brandon Royval vs Matt Schnell
- Blagoy Ivanov vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Francisco Trinaldo vs Danny Roberts
- Tracy Cortez vs Melissa Gatto
- Kleydson Rodrigues vs CJ Vergara
- Ariane Carnelossi vs Lupita Godinez
- Journey Newson vs Fernie Garcia
- Michael Johnson vs Alan Patrick
What’s been said?
Speaking ahead of the fight, Oliveira insisted the impending bout will be an all-out war.
‘It’s going to be a war. He’s going to walk forward and so am I,’ he told Ag Fight. ‘We’ll see who has power. People say, “You should take him down.”
‘That’s cool. I know I have to because that’s what I do best, but I’m not concerned about that.
‘I’m not just training to take him down or defend takedowns. I’m training MMA. When I say we’re going to clash, it’s because we are.’
Gaethje, meanwhile, believes Oliveira doesn’t have the mentality of an elite fighter.
Oliveira says the bout will be a ‘war’, while Gaethje has criticised the Brazilian’s mentality
After their bout was announced, he said: ‘He is not the best in this weight class. I can promise you that. He still has quit, and it’s not even very deep down inside of him.’
And prior to Oliveira’s win over Poirier, he said: ‘Hey, he’s got the belt, he can tell me to shove it. That’s what I would be saying, exactly what he said — I would tell me to shove it up my ass and go win eight in a row.
‘I would love to fight Charles Oliveira, because I will show you what I’m saying. He’s a quitter. He is a quitter. He showed it to you in the Michael Chandler fight.
‘At the end of the first round, he was not looking good, he didn’t want to be there. He doesn’t want to be there when it gets nasty. That’s just what I think, that’s my opinion.’
Oliveira vs Gaethje: The odds
With Oliveira unbeaten in the octagon in his last 10 outings, dating back to 2017, it comes as no surprise that he is the overwhelming favourite to claim another win on Saturday night.
Oliveira is the 1/2 favourite to prevail, while Gaethje comes in as the 6/4 underdog.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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