Charles Oliveira Submits Justin Gaethje With First Round Rear-Naked Choke – UFC 274 Highlights

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The UFC lightweight title remains vacant following the culmination of tonight’s UFC 274 headliner, with now-former champion, Charles Oliveira submitting former interim titleholder, Justin Gaethje with an opening round rear-naked choke to close out tonight’s Phoenix, Arizona event.

Officially vacating the undisputed lightweight championship upon the start of tonight’s main event following a failed weigh-in at championship weight on Friday, Charles Oliveira managed to survive a pair of knockdowns from challenger, Gaethje — once via a stiff right uppercut, and then a massive, winging right hook.

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Managing to rally once more during is lightweight run, Oliveira dropped Gaethje with a heavy straight right of his own, and immediately attempted to setup either an armbar or triangle from the back of the challenger.

Eventually taking his back again during a scramble, Oliveira sunk in a rear-naked choke after Gaethje admirably hand fought, but the Sao Paulo grappling expert adjusted his grip, and managed to force the tap before Gaethje fell unconscious.

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Following his victory, Oliveira, who was confirmed as to fight for the vacant lightweight title by the promotion following his weigh-in mishap should he defeat Gaethje, insisted that he did not care who he faced for the championship, however, called out former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor.

Below, catch the highlights from Charles Oliveira’s submission victory against Justin Gaethje