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UFC 274: Emotional Charles Oliveira chokes out Justin Gaethje, but doesn’t win lightweight title

Charles Oliveira emerged from UFC 274 in Phoenix with a dramatic victory but without the lightweight title he came in with.

After a controversial weight miss of 0.5 pounds, Oliveira was stripped of the belt and ruled ineligible to win the belt, leaving Gaethje, who made weight at 155 pounds, the only fighter who could win it. “The Highlight” seemingly had the psychological advantage going into the contest.

Oliveira (33-8-0, 1NC absorbed some big shots from Gaethje (23-4-0) early but then dragged him to the ground to lock in the rear-naked choke, forcing referee Marc Goddard to call the bout at 3:55 of the very first frame.

After the bout, Oliveira reiterated his claim that he is the champion and will fight anyone. The UFC will now determine who he will face to win the officially vacant title.

In the co-main event, despite a lacklustre fight, inaugural strawweight champion Carla Esparza once again won claimed back the belt with a split-decision victory over Rose Namajunas. Esparza  defeated Namajunas back in December 2014.

Andre Fialho and Michael Chandler earned performances of the night while Brandon Royval and Matt Schnell took home Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 274 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

JOURNEY NEWSON VS. FERNANDO GARCIA 

WINNER: JOURNEY NEWSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FERNANDO GARICA VIA UD

Andrews: Okay, you earned the win Journey. Now show some consistency.

ARIANE CARNELOSSI VS. LUPITA GODINEZ

WINNER: LUPITA GODINEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ARIANE CARNELOSSI VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow. Ariane got the brakes beat off her.

KLEYDSON RODRIGUES VS. C.J. VERGARA

WINNER: C.J. VERGARA VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KLEYDSON RODRIGUES VIA UD

Andrews: Too close for comfort.

TRACY CORTEZ VS. MELISSA GATTO 

WINNER: TRACY CORTEZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MELISSA GATTO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: I thought Melissa would get the tap. Give Tracy credit.

ANDRE FIALHO VS. CAMERON VANCAMP

WINNER: ANDRE FIALHO VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 2:35

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE FIALHO VIA TKO

Andrews: That’s what you do when you have the advantage. Take it.

BLAGOY IVANOV VS. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA

WINNER: BLAGOY IVANOV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA VIA TKO

Andrews: De Lima couldn’t land the big shot.

BRANDON ROYVAL VS. MATT SCHNELL 

WINNER: BRANDON ROYVAL VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 2:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRANDON ROYVAL VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for Brandon. Schnell is tough to finish in one round.

MACY CHIASSON VS. NORMA DUMONT

WINNER: MACY CHIASSON VIA SD (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NORMA DUMONT VIA TKO

Andrews: Tough loss for Norma.

FRANCISCO TRINALDO VS. DANNY ROBERTS 

WINNER: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA UD

Andrews: Trinaldo still has it. Good win.

RANDY BROWN VS. KALINN WILLIAMS 

WINNER: RANDY BROWN VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANDY BROWN VIA UD

Andrews:

MAURICO RUA VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX 

WINNER: OVINCE ST. PREUX VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAURICIO RUA VIA TKO

Andrews: Disappointing performance for OSP. Barely beat him.

#5 MICHAEL CHANDLER VS. #7 TONY FERGUSON 

WINNER: MICHAEL CHANDLER VIA KO (FRONT KICK) R2 0:17

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHAEL CHANDLER VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Tony looked better this time, but the guys are younger do stuff like this now.

(C) ROSE NAMAJUNAS VS. CARLA ESPARZA

WINNER: CARLA ESPARZA VIA SD (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROSE NAMAJUNAS VIA TKO

Andrews: Esparza has Rose’s number. Not a barnburner, but Esparza did what she had to do.

MAIN EVENT

CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS. #1 JUSTIN GAETHJE

WINNER: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:22

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: The lightweight division has a champion and his name is Charles Oliveira.

The next UFC event is UFC on ESPN 36, which is scheduled for Saturday May 14, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Former light heavyweight champion Jon Blachowicz takes on Aleksandar Rajic in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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