Ali Abdelaziz has suggested that Beneil Dariush could serve as a backup/substitute fighter for the upcoming Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev duel. Oliveira meets Makhachev in a headlining fight at UFC 280 on October 22 for the vacant UFC Lightweight Title.
Elsewhere on the UFC 280 card, Dariush faces Mateusz Gamrot. Interestingly, UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski recently expressed interest in pursuing double champion status and winning the UFC Lightweight title.
Volkanovski is reportedly ready to be the backup fighter for the Oliveira-Makhachev matchup at UFC 280. Responding to a tweet from MMA Junkie, Ali Abdelaziz offered the services of his client Beneil Dariush instead. The MMA exec hinted that if Oliveira pulls out of the fight against Makhachev, Dariush could step in and face Makhachev for the title. Abdelaziz tweeted:
“If Charles steps out, @beneildariush will be there to be backup.”
Makhachev and Dariush are both managed by Abdelaziz. Despite this, both top-flight lightweights were previously booked to fight each other. The Dariush-Makhachev matchup was scheduled to officiate a UFC Fight Night event in February.
However, the fight fell apart after Dariush retired due to an ankle injury. Currently, Makhachev is on a collision course with Oliveira while Dariush tries to stop rising contender Gamrot.
When Beneil Dariush promised a war against Islam Makhachev
Beneil Dariush is currently ranked 6th in the official UFC lightweight rankings, while Islam Makhachev is ranked 4th. Dariush is on a seven-fight win streak and is considered by many to be the dark horse of the lightweight class. However, he has recently come under a lot of criticism from certain parts of the MMA community.
In his most recent fight, Dariush surpassed the legendary Tony Ferguson to secure a unanimous decision win in May 2021. Although Dariush put on a dominant display against Ferguson, his detractors slammed him for playing it safe and not chasing the goal.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Beneil Dariush then fired back at his critics. At the time of the interview, he was booked for the Islam Makhachev game in February. Addressing this duel and his last appearance, Dariush promised a war against Makhachev. Dariush said:
“In the Tony fight, we stuck to the game plan 100%. Now everyone’s talking like this, I’m like, ‘You know what? Maybe I’ll just throw everything in the air and let’s just see who can dig deeper. Let’s see who’s ready to just keep going.’ If it comes out impressive, great. If not, there will be a war one way or another.”
Watch Dariush’s interview in the video below:
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