Both defending champions left UFC 274 without their titles, but the circumstances around the end of both fighters' title reigns were markedly different.
UFC 275 athletes cut weight, hit the scales and face off: Justin Gaethje aims to win the title after Charles Oliveira misses his mark; champ Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza clash in a title rematch; Tony Ferguson returns against Michael Chandler.
Michael Chandler embraces the spotlight. Carla Esparza ups the intensity. Champ Rose Namajunas and teammate Justin Gaethje start to sweat. UFC 275 stars, including champ Charles Oliveira and Tony Ferguson, face their opponents at the press conference.
Carla Esparza and Tony Ferguson talk about TUF days. Justin Gaethje gets in the zone. Champ Rose Namajunas’ coach recounts her evolution; LW king Charles Olivera looks to his legacy. Ferguson sizes up his opponent; Michael Chandler sees a familiar face.
Michael Chandler flies to Phoenix. Champ Rose Namajunas pushes her heartrate. Carla Esparza plans a birthday surprise. Champion Charles Oliveira lands with a plan. Justin Gaethje talks camp changes that have made him confident.
Justin Gaethje checks in to his home away from home then hits the links. Michael Chandler wraps up camp with Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman. Carla Esparza plans to reclaim the belt. Champ Rose Namajunas heads to Phoenix.
Justin Gaethje does a high-altitude run and gets his haircut. Michael Chandler readies for another big-name bout. Champ Rose Namajunas packs. Carla Esparza plans her wedding.
World title rematches always capture the imagination, but Rose Namajunas' reunion with Carla Esparza at UFC 274 offers something a little bit different.