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.
Charles Oliveira was sensationally stripped of his undisputed UFC lightweight title after twice failing to hit championship weight ahead of his bout with Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.
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.
The UFC's most prolific finisher returns to defend his title as Charlies Oliveira puts his UFC lightweight title on the line against one of the most exciting fighters of his, or any other, generation at UFC 274.
Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas retained their titles at UFC 268 in New York, but both champions were made to work for their wins on a spectacular night of fights in New York City.