Justin Gaethje will have to defeat Charles Oliveira as well as the curse of musician drake Saturday at UFC 274 as he bid for the lightweight championship.
Oliveira was stripped of the title on Friday after losing half a pound in weight. Gaethje will claim the title with a victory, but if Oliveira wins, the title will be vacant and he will be the No. 1 contender.
Drake bet heavily on Gaethje, betting C$550,000 on Gaethje to win. The payout is C$1.375 million if Gaethje is successful. Oliveira is a -140 favorite at BetMGM with Gaethje entering at +140.
However, Drake hasn’t been the best when it comes to betting, so that’s something Gaethje needs to worry about.
Oliveira-Gaethje is one of two title fights on the card, with a rematch for the women’s strawweight belt between Rose Namajunas and former champion Carla Esparza serving as the co-main event.
Yahoo Sports will have full coverage of those fights and everything else happening at UFC 274, so keep it locked here for all the details.
UFC 274 Live Blog
UFC 274 main card (start time 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)
Lightweight: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje
Strawweight: Rose Namajunas (c) vs. Carla Esparza
Lightweight: Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson
Light heavyweight: Maurício Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Khaos Williams
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon
UFC 274 preliminary card (Live now on ESPN/ESPN+)
Welterweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Danny Roberts
Catchweight (146.5 lbs): Macy Chiasson vs. Norma Dumont
Flyweight: Brandon Royval def. Matt Schnell by submission (guillotine) at 2:14 from R1:
Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov def. Marcos Rogério de Lima by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Full results from the first preliminary card of UFC 274
Welterweight: André Fialho def. Cameron VanCamp by KO (punch) at 2:35 from R1:
Flyweight: Tracy Cortez def. Melissa Gatto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: CJ Vergara def. Kleydson Rodrigues via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Strawweight: Lupita Godinez defeated. Ariane Carnelossi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Bantamweight: Journey Newson def. Fernie Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)