UFC 274 Notable Highlights

It was always apparent that UFC 274 would be a significant event just like the latest NFL picks. On paper, the card looked fantastic, and the fights did not disappoint with thrilling action. The UFC 274 co-main event lacked interesting moments. 

To compensate, there were numerous memorable finishes and close finishes across the card.

Justin Gaethje Confronts Charles Oliveira

Justin Gaethje is undeniably one of the hardest hitters in the lightweight division, but after their UFC 274 bout, he had to say the same thing about Charles Oliveira.

After losing the main event via rear-naked choke in the first round, Gaethje embraced Oliveira in the cage. He said to the Brazilian, “You hit as hard as f***.”

The UFC’s The Thrill and the Agony series, which follows the May pay-per-view event, includes Gaethje’s reaction.

Gaethje was upset about losing, whereas Oliveira was ecstatic about his victory, despite not receiving the UFC lightweight championship because he missed weight by half a pound less than 24 hours earlier. 

Oliveira had many reasons to be pleased with his performance, as he won his eleventh consecutive race and placed tenth.

Rose Namajunas believed she had done enough to win the co-main event against Carla Esparza, but the judges disagreed. The five-round fight was mostly dull, making it difficult to determine what transpired. 

Then, Namajunas received encouragement from her teammate Kamaru Usman, the UFC welterweight champion.

Michael Chandler is also captured seconds after his potential Knockout of the Year-winning front kick finish against Tony Ferguson. Chandler celebrates his victory with his son Hap, who was present for the first time at one of his father’s bouts.

Charles Oliveira have had historic UFC 274 weight miss therefore he was stripped of the titles

Oliveira was the first UFC champion to be stripped of his title based on weight. Friday was the official weigh-in for UFC 274, and he failed to make weight. The first time Oliveira attempted to make weight, he weighed 155.5 pounds, and he did so again after an hour. 

So, the UFC lightweight championship has been officially revoked, and Oliveira cannot win it this Saturday at UFC 274.

Gaethje, who weighed 155 pounds, can continue to compete for the UFC lightweight championship because he met his contract weight.

Shaun Al-Shatti and Jose Youngs of MMA Fighting discuss the shocking news immediately following the official UFC 274 weigh-ins. They attempt to understand a situation that has never occurred before.

Tony Ferguson has been banned for 60 days

Tony Ferguson, the former interim lightweight champion of the UFC, has been banned for sixty days after being brutally knocked out by Michael Chandler at UFC 274.

Regarding the medical suspensions, the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, which organized Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Phoenix’s Footprint Center, stated the following.

Due to health concerns, 17 combatants were sent home after the event. Most of the information about the suspensions was likely kept secret due to medical privacy laws.

In the second round of their main event bout, Chandler knocked out Ferguson with a front kick to the face. According to UFC officials, the former champion was taken to a nearby hospital for a CT scan and given the all-clear. 

Recently, he posted a photo of himself at the doctor’s office and stated that he did not have any broken bones.

Matches to make after UFC 274

Who will Charles Oliveira fight for the title he had to relinquish after submitting Justin Gaethje on Saturday?

In this week’s episode of On To the Next One, Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting attempt to make sense of the lightweight division following UFC 274 in Phoenix. 

They also attempt to determine who “Do Bronx” may challenge for the championship later this year. Also discussed are the upcoming bouts of Gaethje, Carla Esparza, Rose Namajunas, Michael Chandler, Tony Ferguson, Ovince Saint Preux, Randy Brown, and others after his second attempt to become the undisputed champion failed. Esparza is now the champion, whereas Namajunas previously held the title.

Michael Bisping: Rose Namajunas’ disappointed’ at UFC 274

Some of the negative events that occurred at UFC 274 were among the worst ever.

In the co-main event on Saturday night, a fight going on for eight years was resolved. As the first round of the rematch for the strawweight championship between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza progressed, it became evident that those in attendance and at home were in for a 25-minute ordeal.

Esparza finally defeated Namajunas by a split decision. She is only the second woman in UFC history, joining the woman she defeated to win the title twice. 

There was little action during the fight, which resulted in 68 total hits. Consequently, each combatant has been held accountable. Michael Bisping claims that Namajunas committed the most errors, a former UFC middleweight champion.

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