Rafael Cordeiro says Beneil Dariush should be the backup fighter for Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier

Beneil's head coach believes Beneil Dariush should serve as a backup fighter for the title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier.

Beneil Dariush Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier
Beneil Dariush Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier

Number ranked 4th lightweight in the UFC, Beneil Dariush is undefeated for three years, and his recent victory over the former interim-champion Tony Ferguson cemented him as a strong contender for the title, and his coach Rafael Cordeiro thinks he should serve as a backup fighter for Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier fight.

Rafael Cordeiro appeared in an interview with MMA Fighting, where he said, “For everything he’s done, I would like to see him in that position. I think we should fight for the belt. Or someone if they drop out. It would be stupid to take a step back.”

He added, “We’ll be waiting. Especially because of his performances, right? Seven straight wins… That’s very hard to accomplish. This division is asking for a new gladiator to fight the champion, and Benny will be ready for this, no doubt.”

Rafael Cordeiro believes Beneil Dariush is already one of the best in the division

Beneil Dariush
Beneil Dariush

Beneil Dariush is on a seven-fight winning streak, and his coach can’t wait to watch what’s next in line for him “I can’t wait to see what happens next,” Cordeiro said. “Seven straight wins, already establishing himself as one of the best of the division. This is such a tough weight class, whoever you face, you’re always take on great fighters. The champion now, Charles, he’s a kid with outstanding technique and has everything to be champion.”

“We’re waiting to see what’s next, but knowing that the next fight has to be for the belt, or at least ‘Benny’ fighting one more to then fight for the belt. We’ll be waiting. The promotion decides. If a fight drops out along the way, he’ll be ready to fight for the belt right away.”

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