The lightweight title remains vacant after former champ Charles Oliveira quickly choked out Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 274.
‘Do Bronx’, who lost his 155-pound title on the scales after failing to make championship weight, proved he was still the best in the division when he survived early adversity to submit Gaethje in just over three minutes.
‘The Highlight’ dropped Oliveira twice early on, but the Brazilian seemed unfazed and continued to throw big punches, hurting his opponent on several occasions.
When the fight went to the ground, it was all Oliveira, who finally locked in a rear-end choke that forced the former interim lightweight champion to tap out.
The submission specialist got fired up during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan and called for a fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
“Dana White, you can put anyone in front of me. I’m not going to choose. Hi, Conor McGregor. Are you going up? Or are you going to run away?”
But Islam Makhachev thinks he deserves to fight for the title next and says just as much on Twitter.
“See you in Abu Dhabi,” he wrote, while his trainer – former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – urged UFC president Dana White to make it happen.
McGregor reacts after being called out by Oliveira and Chandler at UFC 274
“You have no choice but to have Oliveira fight Islam in Abu Dhabi on October 22.
“Perfect date, perfect location, perfect opponents with perfect 10-on-11 winning streaks.”
The main event of UFC 274 took an interesting turn on Friday when Oliveira was stripped of his world lightweight title after losing weight ahead of his highly anticipated fight with Gaethje.
At the weigh-in, “The Highlight” weighed in without a hitch, hitting 155 pounds, but then Oliveira stepped on the scales and registered half a pound over the 155-pound limit.
The Brazilian was then given an hour to gain weight, under Arizona commission rules, but after returning he again failed to drop below the limit, weighing in at 155.5 pounds.
One man who seemed to gain confidence in Oliveira’s weight loss was world-famous rapper Drake, who placed a £346,000 ($550,000) bet on Gaethje to win.
This isn’t the first time Drake has lost big money betting on the UFC, as he previously bet $250,000 on Jorge Masvidal to win at UFC 272 before being outplayed for five rounds by Colby. Covington.