KinJoin us Saturday, May 7th, 2022, for a LIVE ‘radio style’ play-by-play broadcast in the player above of the UFC 274 PPV (pay-per-view) MAIN CARD, with LIVE updates, commentary, results & reactions; which will begin at 10PM/7PM ETPT, around the start of the Main Card opener between
Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon Randy Brown and Khaos Williams. The event is being simulcast in English & Spanish on ESPN+ from the Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ.
Throughout the telecast, our host, Matt Ryan, & co-host Brendan Sokler, will bring you all of the face-punching goodness the UFC can provide…along with the completely legal and totally not real person Dan A. White. The team will be streaming LIVE from the YELLiNG! studios inside the diner from the Series Finale of The Sopranos. Please join us and be sure to subscribe to Combat Culture on YouTube while you are there.
The UFC is showcasing a World Championship Doubleheader this weekend at their UFC 274 PPV event. The first title fight in our Main Event will be a collision between now ‘former’ UFC Lightweight Champion, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira, and Former Interim Lightweight Champion and #1 ranked contender, Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje.
Oliveira, the Brazilian native, fighting out of São Paulo, Brazil, is entering the Octagon holding records for the most submissions wins at 15, the most finishes at 18, and 12 POTN Bonus Awards. Having had the belt stripped due to his weigh-in fiasco, if Oliveira wins tonight he will become the number one contender to the vacant Lightweight Championship and will have to fight the next challenger for the title belt to be his again in the future. He is coming off his first title defense against Former Interim Lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier.
‘The Highlight’, fighting out of Colorado, is a two-time Arizona State Champion and NCAA Division All-American Wrestler, who went on to become WSOF Lightweight Champion prior to his career in the UFC. His UFC record to date includes 23 wins out of 26 bouts. His finishes include 19 by knockout, and one by submission. He is coming off a Fight of the Night performance against Michael Chandler at UFC 268, that was also considered to be Fight of the Year. Due to Oliveira missing weight, if Gaethje wins tonight he is the only one able to secure the title.
In our second title fight of the night, we will have the battle for the Strawweight Championship. “Thug’ Rose Namajunas, holding an 11-4 record, fighting out of Colorado as well, holds the distinction of being the two-time and current Strawweight Champion. She intends to solidify her claim as the UFC Strawweight Champion, after her victorious title defense victory over Zhang via Split Decision. Holding black belts in Taekwondo, Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Rose has 11 wins; two by knockout, five by submission and four by decision.
Meanwhile, the #2 ranked contender, Carla ‘Cookie Monster’ Esparza, is holding an 18-6 record, fighting out of California. She holds a brown belt in BJJ and her finishes include four knockouts, and four submissions. She has had stints during her career with promotions such as Bellator, XFC & MEC Sports, Invicta FC. She was also a Silver Medalist in the Women’s Blue Belt Division at the 2013 IBJJF Pans. Most noteably she was a TUF winner, defeating Rose in their first bout on December 12, 2014, via rear-naked choke in the third round, becoming UFC Strawweight Champion, and earning a POTN Bonus Award. She is currently coming off a TKO victory and another POTN Bonus in her bout with Yan Xiaonan at UFC Vegas 27: Font vs. Garbrandt, heading into this rematch.
Also on the PPV card, we have Lightweights ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler vs. Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson going to war in what is sure to be a barn burner. Neither of these guys know how to put on a boring fight. Chandler, the former Bellator Champion from Nashville, is fighting out of Florida, holding the distinction of being ranked #5 in the division, with a storied career record of 22-7. Ferguson, former interim UFC Lightweight Champion, is currently ranked #7 in the division, with 8 submission finishes and 12 knockout finishes under his belt. Despite being on a three-fight losing skid, Ferguson has a legitimate shot at beating Chandler in this bout.
Meanwhile, legendary fighters, Ovince St. Preux and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua will clash in a Heavyweight bout on the main card.
right after our main card opener; which features fan favorite, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone going up against the impressive Joe Lauzon. This will have been preceded by ten, now nine, preliminary bouts, which have great promise to produce some exciting finishes throughout the evening.
In other words, UFC 274 can’t start soon enough! Admit it, you’re interested … and you’re potentially invested in this…
If not — or you’re just unable (or unwilling) to shell out $74.99 smackers (for subscribers) or a whopping $99.98 (for the PPV and ESPN+ annual subscription deal), don’t worry, we got you covered. We’re going to call every moment of UFC 274’s PPV main card on our YouTube channel LIVE tonight at 10 p.m. ET, bringing you as close to Phoenix as we can from our New Jersey-based studio (video player embedded above for your convenience).
Remember that Bloodyelbow.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 274 fight card right. Tonight’s show will air as a PPV event on ESPN+. Coverage will start with six Early Preliminary card fights on UFC Fight Pass, which should commence around 5:30PM ET, then the remaining four Featured Prelims will air on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8PM. ET. Finally, the main card will air on ESPN+ PPV. That kicks off at 10PM/7PM ETPT, which is when our live stream commentary will begin for you on our Combat Culture YouTube Channel.
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Here’s a look at the UFC 274: ‘Charles Oliveira vs Justin Gaethje’ Main Event PPV fight card & current records —
ESPN+ PPV CARD | SAT. MAY 7 — 10PM/7PM ETPT
14. UFC Lightweight Championship: Charles Oliveira (32-8) vs. Justin Gaethje (23-3)
13. UFC Strawweight Championship: Rose Namajunas (11-4) vs. Carla Esparza (18-6)
12. 155lbs: Michael Chandler (22-7) vs. Tony Ferguson (25-6)
11. 205lbs: Ovince St. Preux (25-16) vs. Mauricio Rua (27-12)
11. 155lbs: Donald Cerrone (36-16) vs. Joe Lauzon (28-15)
10. 170lbs: Randy Brown (14-4) vs. Khaos Williams (13-2)
For the AUDIO version of this stream, visit our Bloody Elbow Presents SoundCloud channel, Sunday after the fights have been over a few hours at:
Although we are not providing a radio-style play-by-play prelims show, we will have results posts for you here on Bloody Elbow. Here is a look at the Prelims Card with current fight records:
ESPN/ESPN+ PRELIMS | 8PM/5PM ETPT
9. 170lbs: Francisco Trinaldo (27-8) vs. Danny Roberts (18-5)
8. 145lbs: Macy Chiasson (7-2) vs. Norma Dumont (7-1)
7. 125lbs: Brandon Royval (13-6) vs. Matt Schnell (15-6)
With the loss of the Donald Cerrone vs Joe Lauzon fight off the PPV having been replaced by the former featured prelim between Randy Brown and Khaos Williams, it is unclear at this time, if any of the Early Prelims will be bumped off the UFC Fight Pass portion of the event into the featured EPSN+ Prelims portion of the card or not.
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 5:30pm/2:30pm ET&PT
6. 265lbs: Blagoy Ivanov (18-4) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-7)
5. 170lbs: Andre Fialho (15-4) vs. Cameron VanCamp (15-5)
4. 125lbs: Tracy Cortez (9-1) vs. Melissa Gato (8-0)
3. 125lbs: Kleydson Rodrigues (7-1) vs. CJ Vergara (9-3)
2. 115lbs: Lupita Godinez (7-2) vs. Ariane Carnelossi (14-2)
1. 135lbs: Journey Newson (9-3) vs. Fernie Garcia (10-1)
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After the fights, before the dawn, join us for the 6th ROUND POST-FIGHT SHOW, for hot takes, possible next fights, results, and reactions to the overall event with your Bloody Elbow fight experts, Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado. Find this in-depth analysis to the UFC 274 event after the fights on our BE Presents YouTube and SoundCloud channels:
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