In a thrilling matchup on the biggest stage, the highly anticipated UFC 274 showdown between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje didn't disappoint. Given the controversy surrounding Oliveira ahead of the fight, it wasn't a huge surprise that he came swinging right out of the gate.
A first-round submission of Gaethje was just more of the same for Oliveira, who continues to fight like a man on a mission. Moving forward this will definitely raise the stakes in Oliveira's continued rise to stardom. With all this in the fold, let's move on to the two biggest takeaways from the Oliveira-Gaethje lightweight title bout.
UFC 274: Charles Oliveira-Justin Gaethje title fight
1. Charles Oliveira is the class of the lightweight division
Even though he was forced to vacate the championship belt after entering weigh-in half a pound too heavy, Charles Oliveira still was in complete control of his exciting showdown with Justin Gaethje. While putting on an epic display of showmanship and a heavy dose of masterful brawling, Oliveira was not to be stopped.
In his quest to reclaim the championship belt he was stripped of prior to the fight, Oliveira was as dominant as ever and did not let up for a second against Gaethje. Now that he's primed to win back the belt, one question still remains: will there be a worthy challenger who can deny him of this? This is still to be determined, but one thing is for certain and it's that Oliveira is the face of the lightweight division.
2. Do Bronx is making a historic UFC run
This was a big win that marked the 11th straight win for “Do Bronx” and is arguably the most impressive run at 155 pounds that we've seen since Khabib Nurmagomedov reigned supreme in the octagon. During Khabib's run, he had back-to-back title defenses that were followed by 13 straight wins before he decided to retire undefeated with at an impressive 29-0 record. Oliveira is the new face of the weight class who has quickly started to gain new ground with two straight title defenses of his own.
The most recent one being his authoritative victory against Gaethje As he guns for his next statement win, Oliveira is primed to reach another career milestone in his next title fight. Despite having the championship belt taken away from him, Charles Oliveira is still the man to beat in the division. In due time he'll win back the belt and continue to make history in the process.