Champions Charles Oliveira and Rose Namajunas are next.
Two titles are on the line at UFC 274, with lightweight champion Oliveira defending against perennial contender Justin Gaethje in the main event, and strawweight champion Rose Namajunas facing Carla Esparza in a rematch against the woman. who beat her to become the UFC’s first 115-pounder. defending champion more than seven years ago.
On Sunday, the UFC released a trailer for the May 7 event which can be viewed above.
The video also features the lightweight contenders fight between Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson.
Oliviera is seeking the second defense of her lightweight title after defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 last December. “Do Bronx” has won 10 straight fights with a litany of knockouts and submissions during that streak. He faces Gaethje, a man known as ‘The Highlight’, a former interim title holder who is once again seeking undisputed status.
Namajunas is in her second title reign and she knocked out Zhang Weili, Jessica Andrade and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. But it’s Esparza who has the bragging rights over their rivalry.
Esparza submitted Namajunas in the final of The Ultimate Fighter 20 in December 2014 to forever etch her name in the history books as the UFC’s first female strawweight champion. She won five straight fights to earn a chance to regain the belt.
UFC 274 takes place May 7 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.