Beneil Dariush, in Rafael dos Anjos’ opinion, should be Islam Makhachev’s next title rival.In the co-main event of UFC 288, No. 4 contender Dariush was slated to face No. 1 lightweight contender Charles Oliveira. The Brazilian, though, has withdrawn from the pay-per-view after suffering a minor injury.Rafael dos Anjos, a former lightweight champion, has recommended that Beneil Dariush face Islam Makhachev for the championship. As he tweeted:
“Bene ought to challenge Islam for the championship with Oliveira out.”
With eight victories under his belt, Beneil Dariush has the second-longest active winning run in the league, only behind the lightweight champion. He has had a lot of support from supporters, and a victory against Oliveira would be impossible for UFC matchmakers to overlook.
When the UFC makes its October trip to Abu Dhabi, Makhachev is anticipated to make a comeback. Oliveira vs. Dariush has already been rescheduled for a later time.
Arnold Allen claims he is accused of racism for siding with Alexander Volkanovski against Islam Makhachev
Alexander Volkanovski, the featherweight champion, presented Islam Makhachev with his toughest test of his career during his maiden title defence. In the end, Makhachev won by decision, which divided the MMA community.
Prior to UFC Kansas City, featherweight contender Arnold Allen commented on the match. The Britishman said Volkanovski deserved the judges’ approval, but he also said that after voicing his opinion of the UFC 284 main event online, he was accused of being racist.
“I thought Volkanovski performed admirably. I expected him to act as he did, but he actually performed better than I had anticipated. I anticipated a strong performance from him. Arnold Allen will face former champion Max Holloway this weekend in an effort to get closer to a shot at the title. I thought maybe the size would be a factor, but no, he looked great, he looked great, and I had him winning. I have to rewatch it, but I have to watch what I say, people call me a racist because I said Volkanovski.