Former UFC Interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is all set to fight for the UFC lightweight championship against the current champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 274. The event will take place on May 7, 2022, at a TBD location. The event was originally speculated to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the promotion eventually decided to move the event to an undisclosed location. A UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight between current champion Glover Teixeira and former Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion Jiri Prochazka is expected to take place at the event. Now an intriguing lightweight contest between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje is set to take place at UFC 274.
OLIVEIRA VS. GAETHJE IS ON, per UFC president Dana White. Championship fight will take place May 7, location TBD. What a fight. And Still? And New? pic.twitter.com/MJv2mMaqtK
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 26, 2022
“OLIVEIRA VS. GAETHJE IS ON, per UFC president Dana White. The championship fight will take place on May 7, location TBD. What a fight. And Still? And New?”
The fight is one of the most anticipated matchups of 2022. Both these fighters are known for their fighting styles which are completely different than each other. This fight is a perfect stylistic matchup. Justin Gatehje is the no.1 ranked lightweight contender at the moment. He represents one of the most unique challenges to Oliveira as Justin is a complete brawler and likes to engage in firefights whereas Charles Oliveira is ever a technical fighter.
The UFC Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira won the lightweight championship at UFC 262. Oliveira faced former three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021. He defeated Chandler via TKO in round 2. Oliveira made his first title defense against former UFC Interim Lightweight champion Dustin Poirier on December 11, 2021, at UFC 269. After being knocked down in the first round, Oliveira won the bout by submitting Poirier by standing rear-naked choke in the first minute of the third round.
On the other hand, Justin Gaethje will be fighting for the undisputed title for the second time in his career. He fought Khabib Nurmagomeodv for the lightweight title at UFC 254. He lost the fight via submission in the second round. prior to that loss, he had won the interim lightweight title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. After his last loss against Khabib, Justin Gaethje took a lay for a year and then came back to fight Michael Chandler at UFC 268. After a back-and-forth fight, Justin Gaethje won the bout via unanimous decision despite knocking Chandler down and nearly finishing him in the second round.
Justin Gaethje has finished 19 of his 23 wins by knockout or technical knockout and has received six Fight of the Night and four Performance of the Night awards in his nine fights in the UFC.
- Justin Gaethje vs Charles Oliveira set for UFC 274
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