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UFC 274 — Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje: Fight card, odds, date, start time, location, complete guide

The lightweight and women’s strawweight titles are on the line when the Octagon returns to Phoenix on Saturday

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UFC 274 marks the promotion’s second consecutive pay-per-view title doubleheader featuring lightweight champion Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje and women’s strawweight queen Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza.

Oliveira and Gaethje are shots of adrenaline in combat sports. They have finished a combined 88% of their 26 UFC fights. Oliveira is the record holder for most finishes and submissions in the promotion. Gaethje is one-half of CBS Sports’ Fight of the Year in 2017 and 2021. Expectations are that Oliveira (32-7, 1 NC) and Gaethje (23-3) will leave it all in the Octagon while competing for UFC gold in one of MMA’s premier divisions. Oliveira’s sublime jiu-jitsu game and razor-sharp Muay Thai skills collide with Gaethje’s bone-crushing kickboxing and defensive wrestling pedigree.

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A story-rich rematch between Namajunas and Esparza occupies the co-main event spot. Esparza defeated Namajunas in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 20 tournament in what was Namajunas’ fourth professional fight. Esparza etched her name in history as the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion with the win. Esparza was on the receiving end of a violent beatdown by Joanna Jedrzejczyk that removed her from the title picture for six years. While Namajunas (11-4) climbed the strawweight mountain twice — becoming a fan-favorite in the process — Esparza (18-6) laboriously laid each brick of her comeback story over 11 fights and enters the rematch with a strong foundation beneath her.

Aside from the pair of title fights, more veterans fill out this loaded PPV card. Lightweight contenders Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson are set to throw down in a bout that promises action. Veterans Ovince Saint Preux and former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua scrap it out in the light heavyweight division. And legendary veterans Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Lauzon open up the festivities with a welterweight contest.

Below is the complete fight card for UFC 274 along with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC 274 fight card, odds

  • Charles Oliveira (c) -165 vs. Justin Gaethje +140, lightweight title
  • Rose Namajunas -220 vs. Carla Esparza +180, women’s strawweight title
  • Michael Chandler -410 vs. Tony Ferguson +320, lightweight
  • Ovince Saint Preux -230 vs. Mauricio Rua +190, light heavyweight

  • Donald Cerrone -175 vs. Joe Lauzon +150, lightweight
  • Khaos Williams -120 vs. Randy Brown +100, welterweight
  • Norma Dumont -220 vs. Macy Chiasson +180, women’s featherweight
  • Blagoy Ivanov -150 vs. Marcos Rogerio De Lima +125, heavyweight
  • Brandon Royval vs. Matt Schnell, flyweight
  • Francisco Trinaldo -110 vs. Danny Roberts -110, welterweight
  • Tracy Cortez -175 vs. Melissa Gatto +150, women’s flyweight

  • Kleidison Rodrigues -300 vs. CJ Vergara +240, flyweight
  • Loopy Godinez -170 vs. Ariane Carnelossi +145, women’s strawweight

  • Journey Newson -160 vs. Fernie Garcia +135, bantamweight
  • Andre Fiahlo -360 vs. Cameron Vancamp +280, welterweight

UFC 274 info

  • Date: May 7
  • Location: Footprint Center — Phoenix, Arizona

  • Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card) 
  • How to watch: ESPN+ PPV

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