Beneil breaks down Islam Makhachev vs Charles Oliveira! Beneil Dariush was set to main event UFC Fight Night against Islam Makhachev before pulling out 10 days before the fight due to a broken ankle. The fighter was disappointed as a victory against Islam would surely put him up as the number one contender for the lightweight title. Unfortunately for Beneil, this fight was supposed to be rebooked, but now it looks like he’ll have to wait a little longer.
Oliveira was stripped from his lightweight title as he missed weight at UFC 274, he then went on to face Justin Gaethje for the number one contender spot, and filled with rage, he choked out Gaethje in the very first round to prove who’s the uncrowned champ of the division.
After the fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov asked for a title fight for Islam Makhachev, but Dana White claimed he wants to rebook Islam vs Beneil. Nothing has been decided yet, but the Dagestani corner is pushing hard for a title shot against Oliveira, Khaib claims Islam has proven his worth, and he shouldn’t need to beat Beneil to get this fight.
“I would lean towards Islam but not by much”- Beneil Dariush gives Charles Oliveira a slide edge over Islam Makhachev
Beneil finds himself in a tough sport, but he was asked to break down a possible fight between Islam and Charles. Talking to Helen Yee, he said, “It’s hard to say because we’ve never really seen Islam under pressure with striking. Charles has the ability to do that. He’s so offensive. He’s 100 percent offense, which is really exciting to watch.”
He added, “The question is gonna be can he take Charles down and can he be able to apply that pressure and break him? If Charles is as aggressive as I think he’s going to be, it’s gonna be difficult for Islam to close the distance which makes things trickier. It’s not that simple of an equation.”
“It’s really exciting if the fight does happen. Obviously, I’d rather get the fight but if not, I think it’s a really exciting fight. I would lean towards Islam but not by much, like by a hair,” Beneil concluded.