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UFC 274: Charles Oliveira set to defend lightweight title against Justin Gaethje

Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira will return to the octagon at UFC 274 to defend the belt against a former interim champ in Justin Gaethje.

The UFC confirmed the title fight during the UFC 272 broadcast.

Oliveira (32-8-0, 1NC), 32, is coming off a win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 last December. He hasn’t lost since December 2017, a stretch of 10 fights.

Gaethje (23-3-0), 33, previously challenged for the title at UFC 254, losing via submission to now retired champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. After a decision win over Michael Chandler at UFC 268 in November 2021 to win the , he is back in the big dance.

Gaethje’s good fortune follows Michael Chandler’s quick title shot as the streaking No. 3 Islam Makhachev is set to fight No. 4 Beneil Dariush.

UFC 274 is scheduled to take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ on May 7. More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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