The UFC has introduced its subsequent light-weight title struggle which can pit division chief Charles Oliveira towards Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.
The struggle was confirmed Saturday at UFC 272, the place Colby Covington noticed fellow former welterweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal in a grudge match.
Brazilian champion Oliveira will defend his 155-pound strap towards his American foe on the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 7.
The winner may face former champion Conor McGregor, who’s at present planning a comeback after a horrific damaged leg suffered throughout a trilogy towards Justin Poirier in January 2021.
Both males shared the official struggle poster on their social media. Gaethje was the extra excited of the pair, priming a “magical night” whereas counting the time remaining till the struggle, which he calculated at 90,700 minutes.
For Oliveira, the encounter is his second title protection after ultimately changing into a 32-8 profession champion by knocking out Michael Chandler final May and submitting Poirier in December.
The co-headline bout, which is a double header with fellow Oliveira Glover Teixeira taking over Jiri Prochazka and defending his light-weight crown for the primary time, can also be a second crack on the honors for Gaethje.
In October 2020, he was stopped by future Hall of Fame inductee Khabib Nurmagomedov within the Russian’s last struggle.
Nurmagomedov might be within the final result of the conflict, given Oliveira’s reasonable likelihood of matching Nurmagomedov’s tally of 4 all-time light-weight title defenses.
Oliveira vs. Gaethje will not be solely the champion taking over the primary ranked challenger, but in addition represents an awesome stylistic showdown.
While Oliveira is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt with a superb kickboxing pedigree at Diego Lima’s Chute Boxe health club within the southern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Gaethje is an explosive striker with a good wrestling background.
“If my shot isn’t much better than his, then I’m screwed, per se,” Gaethje advised ESPN in December when discussing their matchup, referring to Oliveira beating two males with heavy fingers in Chandler and Poirier.
“That’s the place I’m nice. I’m good at constructing stress, creating injury and stopping takedowns. So on the finish of the day he’ll strive and put it down as a result of I’m going to search out a lot success within the placing division.
“He’s extremely harmful within the placing division. His knees, his elbows. His capability to create stress, management distance, [are] second to none. But I higher be higher. Otherwise, I’m gonna be in a fucking world of hassle. »
Gaethje additionally denied stating that the UFC’s all-time chief in submissions and finishes “leaves in the first or second round”.
“The moments I speak of are profound” he defined. “At the underside of a struggle when it will get powerful, it will get powerful. But he was the child Oliveira was speaking about anyway, so we’ll see.
“He’s confirmed me flawed to this point, however my job might be to show me proper after I step in with him. Make him resign. »
McGregor confirmed curiosity final week to face Oliveira – nicknamed “Do Bronx” – in July.
Other highlights from the UFC 274 card embody veteran light-weight Donald Cerrone taking over Joe Lauzon and former gentle heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua taking over Ovince Saint Preux.