Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje at UFC 274

Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje at UFC 274

Charles Oliveira entered UFC 274 struggle week in Phoenix because the UFC light-weight champion and defeated Justin Gaethje in Saturday evening’s predominant occasion. Nevertheless, he didn’t depart Footprint Middle as champion.

Oliveira (32-8) missed the 155-pound weight restrict by four-tenths of a pound Friday, making him the primary titleholder in UFC historical past to be stripped attributable to a weight miss.

Gaethje (23-4) would have received the title with a victory, however Oliveira emerged victorious in a brief and wild struggle through rear-naked choke submission on the 3:22 mark of the opening spherical.

Each fighters landed knockdowns in a frenetic tempo. Oliveira scored the one which counted, nevertheless, and adopted up on the mat by extending his UFC report together with his sixteenth submission win. He’ll be put in as No. 1 contender and struggle an opponent to be named later to fill the title emptiness.

“This can be a message to the complete division — I’m an issue to the complete division. That’s my title,” Oliveira mentioned.

The night’s co-feature bout noticed a brand new strawweight champion topped after a weird matchup.

Carla Esparza of Redondo Seashore, Calif., turned a two-time champion by incomes a break up choice over Colorado’s Rose Namajunas in a matchup that was brief in motion, as Namajunas seemed to be fully disengaged. With little to work with, the judges scored the bout 48-47 Namajunas, 49-46 Esparza and 48-47 Esparza.

Esparza (20-6) is a wrestler and Namajunas (12-5) spent a lot of the bout circling away to the surface to keep away from potential takedowns.

Esparza was cautious as she closed the gap. Little occurred within the first three rounds. Within the fourth, Esparza landed a pair of takedowns, the second with authority. Namajunas by no means picked up the tempo and Esparza’s willingness to at the very least try takedowns spelled the distinction.

This marked Esparza’s second win over Namajunas, as she took their first struggle in 2014 and received the inaugural UFC strawweight title.

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