Charles do Bronx is no longer the UFC lightweight champion. The Brazilian couldn’t beat the 70.3kg limit for fights valid for a UFC lightweight belt this Friday in Phoenix and had his title withdrawn. With that, the fight against Justin Gaethje is only worth the belt for the American. If Do Bronx wins, the belt will be vacant. The Brazilian also goes down in history as the first champion to lose a UFC belt for not making weight.
Charles do Bronx desolate after failing to break the lightweight limit for title fights at UFC 274 weigh-in — Photo: Getty Images
Charles do Bronx is 226gr over the lightweight limit at UFC 274’s first weigh-in
Even after announcing that he had made weight that night, Charles of the Bronx only appeared on stage for the weigh-in with six minutes remaining in the 2-hour official window. Looking confident, the champion climbed the scales, but was 0.5kg over the weight limit for fights valid for the belt. Showing surprise, he asked for the screen to weigh himself without clothes. Even so, he was still 0.5 lb, or 200g, overweight. The Brazilian had an hour to cut the excess weight and get back on the scale.
Charles do Bronx climbs naked on the scale for the UFC 274 weigh-in. After becoming overweight, he had 1 hour to cut the excess — Photo: Getty Images
In the first 26 minutes of the weigh-in, 22 athletes passed the scale, and all of them hit their weights without any problems. The first to appear on stage was Rose Namajunas, followed by Justin Gaethje and Carla Esparza. The Brazilians Maurício Shogun. Francisco Massaranduba, Marcos Pezão, Melissa Gatto, Kleydson Rodrigues and Ariane Sorriso were in this group.
Justin Gaethje was one of the first to appear on stage at the UFC 274 weigh-in – Photo: Getty Images
But the highlight of the official weightlifting was the presence of veteran Donald Cerrone’s son, Dacson Danger Cerrone. The boy accompanied his father to the weigh-in, and went to his lap in the official photo on the scale. The boy’s name (Dacson) is a composition of the initials of the father’s name – Donald Anthony Cerrone (DAC) with the word “son”, which means “son” in Portuguese.
Donald Cerrone with his son, Dacson Danger, at the UFC 274 weigh-in – Photo: Getty Images
One hour after the weigh-in window, only five fighters had yet to weigh in, among them the main name of the event, Charles do Bronx, in addition to Ovince St. Preux, Norma Dumont, CJ Vergara and Journey Newson.
Norma Dumont didn’t make weight at the UFC 274 weigh-in and was fined 30% of her purse — Photo: Reproduction / Youtube
At 12 minutes from the end of the weighing window, St. Preux appeared on stage and, weighing himself unclothed, put on 93kg. The same happened with Norma Dummont, but the Brazilian, even weighing herself without clothes, exceeded the featherweight limit by 200g, hitting 66.4kg. She had an hour to cut the excess weight, but decided not to proceed with the cut, receiving a fine of 30% of her purse, with the amount reverted to her opponent.
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Check the weights of all athletes:
* Lightweight (up to 70.3kg): Charles of the Bronx (70.5kg) *** x Justin Gaethje (70.3kg)
* Strawweight (up to 52.2kg): Rose Namajunas (52.2kg) x Carla Esparza (52.2kg)
Lightweight (up to 70.8kg): Michael Chandler (70.8kg) vs Tony Ferguson (70.5kg)
Light heavyweight (up to 93.4kg): Maurício Shogun (93.2kg) x Ovince St. Preux (93kg)
Lightweight (up to 70.8kg): Donald Cerrone (70.5kg) vs Joe Lauzon (70.5kg)
Welterweight (up to 77.6kg): Randy Brown (77.3kg) vs Khaos Williams (77.1kg)
Featherweight (up to 66.2kg): Macy Chiasson (66kg) x Norma Dumont (66.4kg)**
Welterweight (up to 77.6kg): Francisco Massaranduba (77.3kg) x Danny Roberts (77.3kg)
Flyweight (up to 57.2kg): Brandon Royval (56.9kg) vs Matt Schnell (56.9kg)
Heavyweight (up to 120.7kg): Blagoy Ivanov (115kg) x Marcos Pezão (117.3kg)
Welterweight (up to 77.6kg): André Fialho (77.3kg) x Cameron VanCamp (77.1kg)
Flyweight (up to 57.2kg): Tracy Cortez (56.9kg) x Melissa Gatto (56.7kg)
Flyweight (up to 57.2kg): Kleydson Rodrigues (56.9kg) x CJ Vergara (57.2kg)
Strawweight (up to 52.6kg): Ariane Sorriso (52.4kg) x Lupita Godinez (52.2kg)
Bantamweight (up to 61.7kg): Journey Newson (61.5kg) x Fernie Garcia (61.5kg)
* Fighters without the right to tolerance of one pound (0.454kg), for disputing the belts of their categories. All other athletes on the card were entitled to the benefit.
** Exceeded the weight limit by 200g and, for being a repeat offender, was fined 30% of her purse, with the amount being reverted to her opponent.
*** He didn’t make weight by 200g and had his belt removed, in addition to being fined 20% of his purse, with the value being reverted to his opponent.
UFC 274: Charles do Bronx defends his lightweight belt against Justin Gaethje. Live, only in Combat! — Photo: Infoesporte
UFC 274: Charles do Bronx defends his lightweight belt against Justin Gaethje. Live, only in Combat!