Charles Oliveira became the first UFC fighter to be stripped of a title after losing weight for a title fight when he broke the 0.5 pound limit on Friday for his UFC 274 clash with Justin Gaethje in Phoenix – and his team thinks the scale of the hotel is lacking.
Moments after Oliveira lost weight in what would be his second title defense, fellow UFC 274 fighter Ariane Carnelossi contacted MMA Fighting to claim the hotel’s scale had been reset for the day. on the next day. A UFC official reportedly contacted all teams to inform them that the scale did not display the same weight as before.
Multiple sources currently in Phoenix for the event echoed those claims from MMA Fighting, stating that the weight differential ranged from 0.5 to two pounds.
Carnelossi gained weight on Friday. Norma Dumont, who ultimately missed by 0.5 pounds for her featherweight bout with Macy Chiasson, said the scales showed she was three pounds over the limit Thursday night but 150 pounds over the limit on Friday. Another person said the ladder was “angry”.
The UFC and Arizona Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Commission did not immediately respond to MMA Fighting’s request for comment.
On Thursday night, Oliveira and his team posted on social media that he had already made weight for UFC 274. On Friday morning, Oliveira tweeted he was ready for the weigh-ins. However, “do Bronx” was the last fighter to weigh in during Friday’s first two-hour weigh-in window, at 155.5 pounds. He was given an extra hour to try to gain weight, but his weight was the same on his second attempt.
Speaking to Brazilian media Combat in Phoenix, Oliveira head coach Diego Lima also complained about the size of the hotel.
“We fell asleep on the weight, we checked the weight on the scale that the organization left us downstairs and everything was fine,” Lima said. “When we checked it in the morning, [his weight] was off. We even posted last night that he gained weight because that’s what really happened. Witness it, Charles has never missed weight since he went up to 155. Even when there was no belt [on the line]he was under the limit, he didn’t use the book allowance.
“If I keep saying it, people will think it’s an excuse, but it’s the truth. We even posted last night that he had put on some good weight. He gained weight and went to bed.
Gaethje reacted to the claims on social media, saying “cut the BS” after Rose Namajunas, Carla Esparza, and he all “made championship weight” for UFC 274.
3/4 is the weight of the championship. Cut the BS.
— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) May 6, 2022
Damon Martin and Mike Heck contributed to this report.