Charles Oliveira Doesn't Understand UFC 274 Weight Miss: "There's No Explanation"

Former UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, doesn't understand how he ended up missing weight ahead of UFC 274.

Oliveira spoke with reporter Megan Olivi at the ceremonial weigh-in festivities for tonight's event and detailed how he had made weight for his scheduled title defense against former interim UFC lightweight champ, Justin Gaethje, on a scale provided by the promotion on Thursday night, but somehow ended up being over the 155-pound limit when he woke up Friday morning. Oliveira has been officially stripped of his title and only Gaethje will be eligible to win the belt now.

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“If they thought it was going to frustrate me, they’re going to see a Charles 10 times better,” Oliveira said (h/t MMA Fighting). “I’m ready for this. The champion’s name is Charles Oliveira, there’s no one else. I made weight Thursday night. Man, we’re not here to make up stories. I swear in the name of my daughter, the most important thing in my life. I made weight on UFC’s scale on Thursday night, like I do every time. On Friday morning, we went there [to check the weight] and it was 1kg [2.2 pounds] over. I said, ‘This is crazy. I’ve not drunk or eaten anything, I have to be lower than that. You’re crazy.’ And we started this war [cutting weight again]. Every other fighter [said] the same thing, 300g or 500g [0.6 to 1.1 pounds] over. We saw that they even told the commission it was over, and they never told us. And still, as the champion, I decided to cut the weight and there was 0.5 pounds left, which is the exact 0.5 pounds over in the scale. I had already made weight, so your head isn’t there anymore. I went to the sauna, I hit pads, I did everything because I’m the champion. The champion has to do everything to make weight, even though I had already made it [before]. I did everything. I sacrificed, but the scale didn’t even move. I weighed in the first time with underwear on and came in that weight, and I took that off and it was the same weight. There’s no explanation. But the champion has a name and his name is Charles Oliveira. I came here to once again show my story of overcoming and I’ll overcome once more time.”

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