UFC 274: Charles Oliveira stripped of title before Justin Gaethje bout after missing weight
Charles Oliveira has been stripped of his belt after failing to make weight for his lightweight title fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.
The Brazilian will still take on Gaethje in Nevada on Saturday but a victory would only see the lightweight belt remain vacant. Should Gaethje win, however, he would be crowned champion.
Oliveira initially weighed in half a pound over the 155lb limit and was unable to shift it after being granted an extra hour.
The UFC did not confirm what fine Oliveira would face for failing to make weight for the main event.
Oliveira won the lightweight championship after it was vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov by beating Michael Chandler at UFC 262 in May 2021.
He then mounted a successful defence against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 in December.