Conspiracy Theories Against UFC Brought Up by Fighters With Scale Botch-Up Blamed for Charles Oliveira’s Severe Punishment

Published 05/07/2022, 2:00 PM EDT

Over the course of 12 hours, everything has taken an unexpected turn for Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. The lightweight champion, unfortunately, failed to match the 155 lbs weight. As per the rules and regulations, the Brazilian will forfeit the title and won’t be eligible to win it back this weekend. This sudden shift has granted the challenger, Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje, a golden opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream.

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With the vacant title still up for grab solely for the challenger, Gaethje, a rather strange rumor is making rounds on Twitter. A certain portion of the MMA community believes there is more to this drama than it meets the eyes.

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Some fighters even made claims that the official weigh-in malfunctioned, and it threw many fighters off.

Did Charles Oliveira lose his title due to a faulty weigh-in machine?

Rumors have it that the weigh-in scale carried extra weight, which may have played a role in this case. Fellow fighter on the card, Ariane “Sorriso” Carnelossi backed these rumors by narrating her own incident. She claimed that the official weigh-in device indeed impacted her as well, but luckily she made the weight limit by being well under 115 lbs.

MMA Journalist. Guilherme Cruz suggested that a couple of fighters reached out to him and made similar claims. He stated that the device used at the hotel was reset overnight and it offered false information. The difference in the weight reportedly ranged from 0.5 to 2lbs which could have played into it.

UFC women’s flyweight contender, Casey O’ Neill, also made similar claims stating that the two scales never align.

Oliveria’s former opponent, Dustin Poirier, also chimed in calling the whole incident,‘ crazy’. 

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Justin Gaethje doesn’t believe in the rumors

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However, Justin Gaethje doesn’t feel the same as his fellow UFC fighters. The Higlight’  believes the scales were working properly as both men used the same device. He even offered another line of reasoning to debunk this rumor, suggesting that 3 out of 4 championship fighters made weight.

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It is uncertain what actually transpired during the weigh-in, but the fate of the lightweight title hangs in the balance. If Gaethje fails to capitalize on this opportunity, then Oliveira will get a chance to reclaim UFC gold.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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