Fighters and online MMA community weigh in on Charles Oliveira ladder controversy – MMA Crossfire

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Did UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira miss weight for his UFC 274 title defense against Justin Gaethje?

That’s the $64,000 question that some fighters on the card and online internet sleuths, mostly from the MMA community, are trying to answer.

It started with Oliveira’s shocking underweight of 155.5 pounds at the weigh-ins, 0.5 pounds over the title weight limit of 155 pounds. Gaethje got right to the point at 155 pounds even.

Oliveira has previously tweeted that her weight is fine. During the weigh-ins, he looked confused moments after officially losing weight.

The lack of weight means that although Oliveira is still the current champion, he will be stripped of the belt before the fight and will not be eligible to win it at UFC 274. Instead, only Gaethje will win it in the event of victory.

If Oliveira wins the fight, he will be the No. 1 contender and fight for the vacant belt at a later date.

But then some fighters weighed in online, questioning the UFC 274 scale and its accuracy.

The UFC is expected to issue a statement clarifying the situation, but for now officially the lack of weight holds.

This is the first time a UFC champion has lost his title on the scales.

More to come as this story develops.

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