In what promises to be a thrilling clash, Beneil Dariush is gearing up to take on former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 289 on June 10.
Set to unfold at the esteemed Rogers Arena in Vancouver, this highly anticipated matchup has captured the attention of fight fans worldwide. Not only is it a fan-favorite pairing, but it also holds the potential to determine the next title challenger for the reigning 155-pound kingpin, Islam Makhachev.
Dariush, a seasoned contender in the lightweight division, knows the challenge that lies ahead when facing Oliveira, and he couldn't be more excited about it. With an impressive record of 22 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw in MMA, including 16 victories in the UFC, Dariush has proven himself to be a formidable force in the octagon. However, he understands the importance of a calculated approach to secure a coveted title shot.
Nevertheless, the idea of going toe-to-toe with the Brazilian powerhouse resonates deeply with Dariush. He acknowledges Oliveira's reputation as one of the most electrifying fighters in the division, boasting an astonishing UFC record of 19 stoppage wins. Whether it's in the striking or grappling realm, Oliveira's wild and sometimes frantic style keeps spectators on the edge of their seats.
“I actually get more pumped up about the grappling,” Dariush said. “I’m not going to lie, to get into some of the scrambles with him and to be able to kind of just go nuts on the ground. That’s just as exciting as the standup is. An opportunity to have this fight on the ground, I’m actually really looking forward to that. Because you see him submit so many people, and you wonder how good his jiu-jitsu is. But then at the same time, you see him lose when he shouldn’t lose in the grappling, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on him and getting a feel of his grappling.”
Interestingly, Dariush isn't just excited about showcasing his skills on the feet; he's equally eager to test his mettle against Oliveira in the grappling domain. Knowing the Brazilian's proficiency in both aspects of the game, Dariush is prepared for an all-encompassing battle that could see them engage in an intense ground war.
“The focus of this fight is to be perfect,” Dariush said. “Personally, the way I see it is domination. I plan on dominating this fight. I want to remind people. because I think my last fight was kind of close. … The fight will be an absolute domination, is what it’s going to be. I will do what I plan to do, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. That’s what I hope for.”
Originally slated to collide at UFC 288, the matchup was delayed, but now it appears to be set in stone. Dariush has seized every opportunity to throw shade in Oliveira's direction, adding an extra layer of intrigue to this already captivating contest.
As fight night approaches, the anticipation for this clash of lightweight titans continues to build. With a potential title shot hanging in the balance, Dariush is aware that a measured and strategic approach is key. However, his enthusiasm to face Oliveira head-on suggests that fans can expect an absolute spectacle when these two warriors step into the octagon at UFC 289.