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UFC 274: Pros react to Charles Oliveira submitting Justin Gaethje in wild fight

UFC 274: Pros react to Charles Oliveira submitting Justin Gaethje in wild fight

May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Charles Oliveira applies a hold for the submission victory against Justin Gaethje during UFC 274 at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It lasted less than five minutes, and he doesn’t walk out champion, but Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje brought action in their UFC 274 main event

He didn’t walk out the champion, but Charles Oliveira gets to walk out with another chance to win the UFC lightweight title back following his win over Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 274.

Oliveira lost the UFC lightweight title on the scale one day ago, coming in at 155.5 pounds. Only Gaethje was eligible to win the championship tonight.

Gaethje landed several hard leg kicks to start, but Oliveira rocked him with a hard strike. Gaethje, however, managed to recover and drop Gaethje twice, busting Oliveira open over his left eye. Both times, however, Gaethje didn’t follow Oliveira to the ground.

The two then began to fight in close. But the end came when Oliveira knocked Gaethje down with a right hand and scrambled all over him, eventually locking in a rear-naked choke to score the tap in the first round.

Fighters react to Charles Oliveira earning another title opportunity with submission of Justin Gaethje at UFC 274Congrats Charles and see you in AbuDhabi for vacant 🏆 #UFC274

— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) May 8, 2022

So much happened in the 3 and a bit minutes of that fight!! #UFC274

— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) May 8, 2022

Blondeviera is a bad mfer ! Sucks he lost the belt over .5 lb. Get a new scale ! #ufc274

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 8, 2022

Man he’s a monster

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 8, 2022

What a performance by Charles Oliveira #UFC274

— Thiago Moisés (@ThiagoMoisesMMA) May 8, 2022

Congrats champ ✊🏾 that was a beautiful first round fight #UFC274

— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) May 8, 2022

Monstro charles Oliveira que vitória 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

— Renato Moicano UFC (@moicanoufc) May 8, 2022

Olivera is just a damn beast 😤 #UFC274

That had me on my toes.. Back and forth fight! Loved it!

— Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) May 8, 2022

Oliveira entered this bout with 11 wins in his 12 fights since moving to lightweight, including his last 10 straight. Oliveira won the then-vacant UFC lightweight title with a finish of Michael Chandler at UFC 262. He successfully retained against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.

Gaethje entered this bout with his own win over Chandler at UFC 268. He claimed interim UFC lightweight gold with a win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. He lost his undisputed title fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254.

UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022, live from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who was on-site, for all your news and highlights.
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