Former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira says that he won’t change his weight-cutting process ahead of UFC 280.
Oliveira fought Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 back in May, but for the first time in UFC history, a champion lost his belt on the scale when Oliveira failed to make weight. He weighed half a pound heavy, and the UFC had to strip him of his title. However, UFC president Dana White has come to the defense of Oliveira, suggesting that there was an issue with the scale that caused him to miss making 155lbs.
Oliveira has remained steadfast ever since that weigh-in mishap that it was not his fault that he didn’t weigh in under the 155lbs lightweight limit, but for fans, there is always that worry that he could miss again. However, according to “Do Bronx” himself, he will make weight this weekend at UFC 280 when he takes on Islam Makhachev in the main event.
“I haven’t changed anything. Everyone knows and I’ll say it again. Charles was robbed in that episode. He doesn’t have much to do. I didn’t change anything, I didn’t change the weight cut, I didn’t bring a new scale, because it won’t be our scale they will put there, it will be their scale again, so it won’t make any difference. That episode is over, I don’t even want to think about it. The lightweight champion is called Charles Oliveira, we are going to defend the title, not seek the belt. That’s my mindset, that’s my spirit. We’re going with everything,” Oliveira said (via AG Fight).
Despite being the former champion and currently riding an 11-fight win streak, Oliveira is the betting underdog against Makhachev for the main event of this Saturday’s UFC 280 pay-per-view card.
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