Charles Oliveira explains what happened before his UFC 274 weight loss

Charles Oliveira knew he was overweight for his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on Saturday night. But when “Do Bronx” stepped on the scales at the official weigh-ins, the advertised weight wasn’t what he expected to hear.

Oliveira weighed in at 155.5 pounds, half a pound over the championship limit. A stunned Oliveira had one more hour to lose the extra 0.5lbs, but it wouldn’t be enough as he was back to 155.5lbs. The UFC then revealed that he would not only lose a percentage of his purse, but also be stripped of his lightweight title as soon as his fight with Gaethje begins.

The future former champ was adamant that he did everything right during his weight cut, telling Megan Olivi at ESPN’s weigh-in that he quit eating and drinking on Thursday once he had reached championship weight. So for him to miss the target outright was odd.

“The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira,” Oliveira said through an interpreter. “The story is that I went up to my room. I gained weight on the UFC scale on Thursday night. I go up to my room, I haven’t eaten anything. No water, no food, nothing. I swear to god. In the name of my daughter, the most sacred thing in my life. I went to bed. I wake up the next day and it’s a pound heavier.

“I’m watching this,” Oliveira continued. “I’m a kilogram heavier, actually. I’m one more and I don’t understand what happened. I can not understand. We work. We are professionals. I did not do anything wrong. To me, it just didn’t make sense. Other fighters also started talking about it. They started talking about this 200 grams, 300 grams and that was exactly the difference in scale with the UFC. So that’s what we come back to. The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira.

Oliveira was one of several fighters to allege that the testing scale used at the fighters hotel was off. UFC strawweight Ariane Carnelossi told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz that he was reset before the official weigh-ins, so there was a 0.5-pound differential. UFC featherweight Norma Dumont corroborated the claim, but she was still 0.5 pounds short of weight.

Despite having suffered an unexpected twist, Oliveira hasn’t lost confidence and will be more than ready to face Gaethje on fight night.

“If you think this is going to frustrate me, you are wrong. The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira and I will come out strong.

UFC 274 takes place Saturday, May 7 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ.

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