UFC’s Charles Oliveira loses title when he fails to make weight – Press Enterprise

PHOENIX – UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira lost his title on the scales Friday morning after three attempts at weighing in at 155 pounds for their UFC 274 title fight.

Oliveira’s main event with top-ranked Justin Gaethje is still underway, but Oliveira is unable to win the vacant title. No fine for the Brazilian star was immediately announced, but one is likely.

Gaethje (23-3), the second of 27 boxers to weigh in shortly after 9 a.m., weighed in at 155 pounds at the nose and is eligible to win the belt.

Oliveira (32-8, 1 NC) was the last fighter to weigh in at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix. With minutes to spare, he stepped on the scale one more pound at 156.

A modified curtain was removed and Oliveira was weighed without clothes, but he was still half a pound heavier.

The champion, who has struggled to gain weight before, was given an hour to lose 8 ounces and was back just before the one-hour time limit.

Back behind the curtain, Oliveira was standing on the scales with his arms raised. After several seconds, his weight was announced unchanged at 155.5 pounds.

Featherweight Norma Dumont also lost weight, clocking in at 146.5 pounds on her first try. She opted not to try to lose the half pound and will lose 30% of her purse to her opponent Macy Chiasson.

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