Venue: Footprint Center, City: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
UFC 274 Preview
UFC 274: Oliveira vs. Gaethje is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on May 7, 2022, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
The event was originally linked to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the promotion eventually decided to move the event from that location. It is now expected to take place in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the city's first event since UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez in February 2019.
A UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Glover Teixeira and former Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion Jiří Procházka was expected to take place at the event. However, the bout was pushed back to UFC 275 due to unknown reasons.
A UFC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Charles Oliveira and former interim champion Justin Gaethje (also former WSOF Lightweight Champion) is now expected to headline the event.
A UFC Women's Strawweight Championship rematch between current two-time champion Rose Namajunas and former champion (also former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion) Carla Esparza is expected to take place at the event. The pairing previously met 7 and a half years prior at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale for the inaugural championship, which Esparza won by third round submission.
A lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone was scheduled for UFC Fight Night 208. However, the bout was moved to this event due to undisclosed reasons.
Amanda Ribas and former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson were expected to meet at this event. They were originally expected to meet at UFC 257, but Waterson pulled out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons. They were then rescheduled for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Daukaus, but an injury forced Waterson out of the pairing once again. Waterson announced in early March that her injury could potentially be "career ending" and would not compete at this event.
Official Fight Card
|Lightweight||Charles Oliveira (c)||vs.||Justin Gaethje|
|Women's Strawweight||Rose Namajunas (c)||vs.||Carla Esparza|
|Lightweight||Michael Chandler||vs.||Tony Ferguson|
|Women's Flyweight||Tracy Cortez||vs.||Melissa Gatto|
|Light Heavyweight||Maurício Rua||vs.||Ovince Saint Preux|
|Lightweight||Donald Cerrone||vs.||Joe Lauzon|
|Heavyweight||Blagoy Ivanov||vs.||Marcos Rogério de Lima|
|Women's Featherweight||Macy Chiasson||vs.||Norma Dumont|
|Welterweight||Randy Brown||vs.||Khaos Williams|
|Welterweight||Francisco Trinaldo||vs.||Danny Roberts|
|Flyweight||Kleydson Rodrigues||vs.||C.J. Vergara|
|Women's Strawweight||Ariane Carnelossi||vs.||Lupita Godinez|
|Flyweight||Brandon Royval||vs.||Matt Schnell|
|Bantamweight||Journey Newson||vs.||Fernie Garcia|
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.