Beneil Dariush is now undefeated, having won his last eight fights, and is currently ranked fourth in the lightweight category of the UFC. In the co-main event of UFC 288, which will take place one month from now, Dariush is scheduled to compete against Charles Oliveira, also known as the “pride of favela.”
The battle between these two competitors was initially slated to take place at UFC 288, but Oliveira withdrew from the contest, and it was moved to UFC 289 instead. In the lead-up to the fight, Dariush gave an interview to The AllStar in which he discussed his aspirations of facing Khabib Nurmagomedov, whom he referred to as the “lightweight GOAT.”
When asked about the fighter he would most like to face in the UFC, Beneil Dariush gave the following response:
The ideal candidate would be Khabib Nurmagomedov, is that correct? He is the most accomplished lightweight competitor in the world. After defeating Charles Oliviera and Islam Makhachev, the best-case scenario would be for me to have a shot at fighting him, but it’s very clear that’s not going to happen.
To hear Dariush’s thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov, fast forward to minute 18:58.
In their most recent matchup, which took place at UFC 280, Beneil Dariush prevailed over Mateusz Gamrot through unanimous decision after three rounds of combat. The Iranian-American fighter displayed outstanding grappling and scrambling abilities, which allowed him to neutralize a significant number of Gamrot’s wrestling advances.
Dariush has won his last eight fights, including victories against the likes of Thiago Moises, Drew Dober, and Tony Ferguson. He is currently on a win run of eight fights. His overall record in mixed martial arts competition is 22-4-1, and his promotional record is 16-4-1.
Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush: Fighter picks, odds
Both fighters, Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush, are considered to be among the best in their respective skill sets, and both are ranked in the top five. This makes for a very fascinating matchup between the two. At their most recent bout, which took place at UFC 280, both combatants competed, but only Beneil Dariush came away victorious, while ‘do Bronx’ was defeated.
Both competitors are striving to be ranked as the top challenger in their respective weight classes. The next battle for the lightweight title will basically be between the winner of this fight and whoever comes out on top. According to bestfightodds.com, Dariush is currently listed as a -120 favorite to win the fight against Charles Oliveira, who is listed as a +100 underdog.
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Many UFC fighters believe that ‘do Bronx’ will prevail in this battle, despite the fact that he is the underdog. Oliveira was the winner chosen by Bryce Mitchell, Alexander Hernandez, Loopy Godinez, Malcolm Gordon, Marc-Andre Barriault, Trey Ogden, and Rob Font. This is what Billy Quarantillo had to say about it:
“Charles Oliveira poses a very high level of risk. Before Islam Makhachev appeared on the scene, it appeared like he was unbeatable. As a result, I’ve decided to side with Charles Oliveira.
Sam Hughes, Bryan Barbarena, Geoff Neal, and Julian Marquez all predicted Dariush to win the fight. Mario Bautista went with Dariush as his pick.