On Saturday’s UFC 272 broadcast, an updated lineup was announced for UFC 274, which takes place at Footprint Center in Phoenix and will be headlined by Oliveira defending his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. The rest of the card features several notable UFC veterans, including former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, longtime light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux, and one-time UFC lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone.
Shogun meets Saint Preux in a rematch from November 2014. In their first meeting, “OSP” defeated Shogun by first-round knockout.
Cerrone fights Joe Lauzon in a lightweight meeting of two of the longest tenured fighters in the UFC. Between the two of them, Cerrone and Lauzon have a combined 64 UFC appearances between them.
The lightweight title clash between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje will headline a stacked card at UFC 274 next month.
Oliveira has been on a brilliant run in recent years and retained his crown by submitting Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 last December.
He will now face 23 and three contender Gaethje after he beat Michael Chandler in his last bout at UFC 268.
The card will also see women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas take on Carla Esparza.
Meanwhile, Chandler will face off against Tony Ferguson, Mauricio Rua will battle Ovince Saint Preux and Donald Cerrone will be in action too.
UFC 274: Date and how to follow
The main event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7 and is being held at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
The prelim action will start at 1am on Sunday morning for UK fans with the main card kicking off at 3am.
Oliveira vs Gaethje can then be expected at around 6am.
The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 and their coverage will start at 1am.
talkSPORT will also have all the build-up and reaction to the action throughout fight week.
UFC 274: Fight card
- Main event: Charles Oliveira (c) vs Justin Gaethje – For the UFC Lightweight Championship
- Rose Namajunas (c) vs Carla Esparza – For the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
- Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson
- Tracy Cortez vs Melissa Gatto
- Mauricio Rua vs Ovince Saint Preux
- Donald Cerrone vs Joe Lauzon
- Blagoy Ivanov vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Macy Chiasson vs Norma Dumont
- Randy Brown vs Khaos Williams
- Francisco Trinaldo vs Danny Roberts
- Kleydson Rodrigues vs CJ Vergara
- Ariane Carnelossi vs Lupita Godinez
- Brandon Royval vs Matt Schnell
- Journey Newson vs Fernie Garcia
- Michael Johnson vs Alan Patrick
UFC 274: What has been said?
Charles Oliveira: “It’s going to be a war.
“He’s going to walk forward and so am I. We’ll see who has power.
“People say ‘you should take him down’. That’s cool. I know I have to because that’s what I do best, but I’m not concerned about that.
“I’m not just training to take him down or defend takedowns. I’m training MMA. When I say we’re going to clash, it’s because we are.
“Brace yourself, because the first round will be a war.
“I’m going to trade shots with that guy. People might call me stupid, but I’m not being stupid. I’m acting like an MMA fighter.
“He walks forward and so do I. We’ll see who has the heavier hands. Who can take a shot and get back up.”