Charles Oliveira knew he was on weight before his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on Saturday night. But when ‘Do Bronx’ stepped on the scales at official weigh-ins, the announced weight wasn’t what he expected to hear.
Oliveira weighed 155.5 pounds, half a pound above the championship limit. A stunned Oliveira was given another hour to lose the extra 0.5lbs, but it wouldn’t be enough as he weighed in at 155.5lbs again. The UFC then revealed that in addition to losing a percentage of his wallet, he would also be stripped of his lightweight title once his fight with Gaethje begins.
The aspiring former champion was adamant that he was doing everything right during his weight reduction, telling Megan Olivi during ESPN’s ceremonial weigh-in show that he stopped eating and drinking on Thursday when he reached championship weight. So it was strange that he would miss the target.
“The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira,” Oliveira said through an interpreter. “The story is that I went to my room. I weighed in on the UFC scale on Thursday night. I go to my room, have not consumed anything. No water, no food, nothing. I swear to God. In the name of my daughter, the most sacred in my life. I went to bed. I wake up the next day and it’s a pound left.
“I’m looking at it,” Oliveira continued. “Actually, I’m a kilo over. I’m one about it and I don’t understand what happened. I can not understand. We work. We are professionals. I didn’t do anything wrong. It just didn’t make sense to me. Other fighters started talking about it too. They started talking about those 200 grams, 300 grams and it was exactly the difference of the scale from the UFC. So here we go back again. The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira.”
Oliveira was one of several hunters who claimed that the test scale used at the fighter hotel was wrong. UFC strawweight Ariane Carnelossi told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz that it had been reset before the official weigh-ins, so there was a 0.5-pound difference. UFC featherweight Norma Dumont confirmed the claim, but she was still missing a 0.5-pound weight.
Although Oliveira has taken an unexpected turn, she has not lost any confidence and is more than ready to defeat Gaethje on the night of fighting.
“If you think this is going to frustrate me, you’re wrong. The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira and I’m going to stand out.”
UFC 274 takes place on Saturday, May 7 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ.