Charles Oliveira To Face Justin Gaethje At UFC 274 In May
Charles Oliveira will defend his title against the No. 1 ranked lightweight.
That lightweight is Justin Gaethje who he’ll be meeting in the octagon on May 7 at UFC 274, UFC President Dana White told ESPN on Wednesday.
The fight is still being finalized, and a venue has yet to be announced.
The spring pay-per-view event now includes two title fights. The second is a light heavyweight title fight between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka.
Oliveira (32-8) recorded a career-changing year. In May 2021, he claimed the vacant lightweight title over Michael Chandler with a second-round knockout. Then, in December, he triumphed in his first title defense, submitting Dustin Poirier.
Gaethje (23-3), meanwhile, last fought at UFC 268 against Chandler in what many fans considered to be Fight of the Year. Gaethje strategically broke Chandler down and went on to win the bout via decision.
He had a title shot in October of 2020 against former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but lost via submission in what was Nurmagomedov’s final fight.