Charles Oliveira was scheduled to defend the UFC Lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. However, Oliveira had unfortunate luck as he lost the title due to being half a pound over the 155-pound limit.

This certainly shocked fans and called into question UFC’s overly strict regulations when it came to making weight. Naturally, Oliveira was devasted to lose his title in such a way.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Chael Sonnen talked bout Oliveira being stripped of the title due to not being able to make weight. Sonnen then explained how Oliveira suffered a loss of $2.3 million.

“I could probably come up with, right here in front of you, about $2.3 million that that scale fail cost him. Just so you understand how participation works for defending a championship. You must understand that word – defending a championship.

Sonnen estimated that it was safe to assume Oliveira’s pay-per-view revenue share from UFC 274 would have been around $1 million. Sponsorship money was also expected to be $50,000.

“So you’re talking about the exact same thing, just that sponsor money goes down. You’re looking at another 30 grand… but also the pay-per-view clause, you’re looking at another million bucks. Don’t forget the escalation that would go into his built-in show fee. Does not happen.

At UFC 274, Charles Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje in the main event of the pay-per-view. He also reacted to Drake losing a ton of money by betting against him. We’ll have to see if Oliveira will get a chance to reclaim the title he never lost.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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