Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush were scheduled to compete in a lightweight match at this weekend’s UFC event. However, it was revealed last month that Oliveira had suffered an undisclosed injury, forcing the fight to be postponed.
This weekend’s UFC 288 will go on as scheduled with Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad as the replacement co-main event.
Fans won’t have to wait long, though, as the matchup between Dariush and Oliveira is set to take place at UFC 289 on June 10. Most people anticipate that the victor of Beneil Dariush vs. Charles Oliveira will challenge UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev for the championship.
Drew Dober is one competitor who thinks Dariush has what it takes to triumph in both matches. Dober recently spoke with The Schmo and said the following:
“I consider Beneil Dariush to be the top competitor in my division, and I believe that he deserves to face Islam for the championship…He might be seen tearing through Charles Oliveria and possibly defeating Islam as well. Man, Beneil just gets better and better. Volkanovski exposed a lot of weaknesses in Islam’s strategy, and I have no doubt that Beneil will exploit them.Dober is the only person who would be familiar with Dariush and Makhachev’s talents. In the octagon, he has faced both opponents, losing to Dariush in 2019 and Makhachev in 2021. The Denver-based brawler was defeated by both fighters.
Dober will be looking to make it four straight victories as he takes on Matt Frevola at UFC 288 this weekend.
Beneil Dariush title shot: Should he have cemented a fight with Islam Makhachev already?
The current UFC run for Beneil Dariush is the finest of his career. He now holds the second-longest winning run in the lightweight division, trailing only champion Islam Makhachev, with eight victories in a row inside the octagon.
Many think Dariush already has a shot at the Dagestani title. Rafael dos Anjos, a former lightweight UFC champion, is one of these individuals. He used Twitter to push his claim for Dariush when Charles Oliveira’s withdrawal from UFC 288 was made public.
However, it’s interesting to note that Dariush himself has said that he won’t demand a title shot even if he defeats Oliveira.
“I don’t give a damn. I’ve stated it before and I’ll state it once more: I’m not pleading for a chance at the crown. I’ll simply keep chopping heads off if they [the UFC] keep placing men in front of me.