After last night’s Bellator Paris event, it’s time for the UFC. The most prestigious MMA competition, like every weekend, gives us an appointment in the middle of the night for another evening that promises to be explosive. Two world championships on the agenda: Charles Oliveira’s lightweight title is up for grabs against Justin Gaethje, while Rose Namajunas will defend her strawweight title against Carla Esparza. Shocks will follow in the night from next Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8, as always exclusively on RMC Sport.
Initially, this UFC 274 was to host a Light Heavyweight World Championship, between Glover Teixeira and Jiří Procházka. But it will eventually be for the next one. Not enough to make this night’s event from Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8, not enough, though, as the acclaimed American league has pulled two more shock posters out of its hat. Also title fights, on the one hand with the men’s lightweights and on the other hand with the women’s straw weights…
On the men’s side, the phenomenon Charles Oliveira will have to give up his title, whatever happens tonight, only his opponent Justin Gaethje will be able to claim the title, while on the women’s side the double champion Rose Namajunas will defend her title again against Carla Esparza. Yes, it’s a new crazy night waiting for you in MMA, always live and exclusively on RMC Sport!
Charles Oliveira, a champion anyway
Do we have to remember the incredible career of Charles Oliveira? This native of the favelas of São Paulo, who suffered from serious health problems in his youth, has simply become one of the best fighters in the UFC… The one nicknamed Do Bronx, now 32, is currently on a winning streak of 10 matches. Undefeated since 2018, he won his last fight against Dustin Poirier by submitting in December 2021. Enough to keep his lightweight title, won over Michael Chandler seven months earlier, whom he had knocked out on a TKO.
But when he had to defend his title again tonight, thunderclap: Charles Oliveira failed the weighing exam this Friday and exceeded the allowable limit for lightweights by 200 grams, with 70.5 kilos on the scales. Not enough to call off the fight, but the consequences are all the more dire for the Brazilian, who has lost his title of champion. This Saturday, before entering the octagon, he has to hand in his belt. And even if he wins his fight, he won’t get her back. The lightweight title would then remain vacant.
Only his opponent, another American, can claim it tonight. Justin Gaethje is himself a former champion, acting in 2020, and he has one thing in common with Charles Oliveira: the one nicknamed The Highlight also emerged victorious from his clash with Michael Chandler last November. However, the two fighters at the head of this UFC 274 never had a chance to cross the gloves. It’s time. And even if the stakes are no longer the same, there is no doubt that Gaethje will return to the octagon determined to win the prestigious title, while Oliveira will try to ensure that if he can’t keep wearing it, no one else will. won’t do. being able to grab that lightweight belt…
Namajunas vs. Esparza, revenge for the strawweight title
As we have seen, this Oliveira vs. Gaethje won’t be the evening’s only event across the Atlantic. The UFC has another world championship in store for us, this time with female fighters. After winning and then defending her title for the first time in 2021, both times against Weili Zhang, American Rose Namajunas must bring it back into the game tonight. And the challenge will be great, because this time she will take on her compatriot Carla Esparza. A fighter who was also champion of the category in 2014, and who had also won this title against… Rose Namajunas! Yes, it is an authentic revenge, 7 and a half years later, which we will witness tonight!
Then these two shocks are of course not the only ones of the evening. Many other fights are scheduled as always for this event at UFC 274. You will have to stay up late or set the alarm very early so as not to miss anything. See you from 4 a.m., on the night of next Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8, at RMC Sport 2!
sources: UFC, RMC Sports