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Islam Makhachev laments Beneil Dariush losing to Charles Oliveira: ‘I thought it would be a new challenge for me’

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Islam Makhachev expresses his disappointment over Beneil Dariush’s loss to Charles Oliveira, reflecting on the missed opportunity for a new challenge. In the co-main event of UFC 289, Oliveira emerged victorious with a first-round TKO, dashing Dariush’s hopes for a title shot. The outcome has left the lightweight division in uncertainty, as UFC President Dana White suggests Oliveira may be the next contender, while a fight between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje at UFC 291 could also impact the decision.

Sharing his thoughts at an Eagle FC event, Dariush reveals his support for Dariush and his desire to face him as a fresh challenge. Acknowledging Dariush’s impressive eight-win streak, Makhachev remains unsure if his next fight will indeed be a rematch against Oliveira, as they await the outcome of Justin and Dustin’s bout and the subsequent decision by the UFC.

Makhachev expresses his preference for a new opponent, believing it would be advantageous for him. However, he emphasizes that he does not choose his opponents and is willing to face anyone the UFC assigns to him. Previously, Makhachev defeated Oliveira at UFC 280 to claim the vacant lightweight title. With UFC 294 set to return to Abu Dhabi, Makhachev envisions history repeating itself, confident that Oliveira’s grappling skills hold no fear for him.

Another potential option for Makhachev is Alexander Volkanovski, with whom he engaged in a fiercely competitive fight at UFC 284, ultimately winning via unanimous decision to retain his lightweight title. While Volkanovski is preparing for a featherweight title unification bout against interim champion Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290, Makhachev expresses his willingness to accept a rematch if Volkanovski can make the turnaround, stating his improved readiness for such a fight.

However, Makhachev acknowledges a dilemma in facing both Oliveira and Volkanovski since he has already defeated them. Like his friend and training partner Khabib Nurmagomedov, Makhachev contemplates retiring from the sport sooner rather than later. Spending his remaining fights in rematches holds less appeal for the Dagestani champion. Thus, Makhachev genuinely regrets Dariush’s defeat against Oliveira, as it would have made for an intriguing match-up.

When asked whom he would prefer to face, Makhachev ponders the possibility of fighting Poirier, recognizing his prominent status in the UFC. However, he remains uncertain, as Dariush’s loss has disrupted the original plans. Makhachev acknowledges that everything has changed, and had Dariush emerged victorious over Oliveira, it would have been an exciting fight.

The upcoming UFC 294 event is scheduled for October 21 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, where Makhachev is expected to defend his lightweight title.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC lightweight title defense

Q: Who won the fight between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush?

A: Charles Oliveira emerged victorious, defeating Beneil Dariush by first-round TKO in the co-main event of UFC 289.

Q: Did Dariush’s loss affect the lightweight title shot?

A: Yes, Dariush’s loss to Oliveira created uncertainty regarding the next contender for Islam Makhachev’s lightweight title. The UFC President mentioned that Oliveira might get the opportunity, but a fight between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje could also play a factor in the decision.

Q: Has Makhachev already fought Oliveira?

A: Yes, Makhachev previously fought Oliveira at UFC 280, where he submitted him to claim the vacant lightweight title.

Q: Does Makhachev want a rematch with Oliveira?

A: While Makhachev expresses a preference for facing new opponents, he acknowledges that if he doesn’t fight Oliveira now, there may be perceptions of him avoiding the rematch. He reiterates that he never chooses his opponents and is willing to fight anyone the UFC assigns to him.

Q: Who are the other potential opponents for Makhachev?

A: Alexander Volkanovski is mentioned as a possible opponent for Makhachev, following their competitive fight at UFC 284. However, Makhachev emphasizes that facing opponents he has already defeated, like Oliveira and Volkanovski, holds less appeal for him. He also mentions Dustin Poirier as a potential opponent due to his reputation in the UFC.

Q: When and where is the next UFC event?

A: The next UFC event, UFC 294, is scheduled to take place on October 21 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. It is expected to feature a lightweight title defense by Islam Makhachev.

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