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Charles Oliveira injured, out of UFC 288; Beneil Dariush fight postponed

In a surprising turn of events, the highly anticipated fight between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush at UFC 288 has been postponed due to an undisclosed injury. Fans of both fighters were eagerly anticipating this bout but will now have to wait for a new date to be announced.

The news of the postponement was first reported by Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes, who stated that he had received word from Oliveira's camp about the injury. While the exact nature of the injury has not been disclosed, sources close to the fighter have hinted that it could be a minor issue that requires some weeks to heal and will be backing to training soon.

Charles Oliveira made a name for himself in the UFC lightweight division when he defeated Michael Chandler by knockout at UFC 262 in May 2021 to claim the vacant championship title. He defended the title once by submitting Dustin Poirier before defeating Justin Gaethje via submission in the opening round of UFC 274. However, Oliveira was stripped of his title when he failed to make weight in a later fight. Despite this setback, he was given another chance to reclaim the championship but was unsuccessful.

Oliveira recently suffered another loss when he was submitted by Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 in October, resulting in him losing his title. Despite this setback, the Brazilian fighter has an impressive list of victories against notable opponents such as Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, Jim Miller, Clay Guida, and Jeremy Stephens, among others. Many consider Oliveira to be the best lightweight fighter in the UFC currently.

Beneil Dariush has won eight straight fights and most recently defeated Mateusz Gamrot by decision at UFC 280. Dariush has previously defeated Tony Ferguson in a decision match. He has had important victories during his career, including victories against Diego Ferreira, Drakkar Klose, Jim Miller, Michael Johnson, and James Vick. In contrast, Dariush, who is presently rated #4 among lightweights, would have most certainly received the next championship chance had he defeated Oliveira at UFC 288.

While the delay is certainly frustrating for fans of both fighters, it does give them more time to prepare and make any necessary adjustments to their game plans. As for when the fight will take place, that remains to be seen. UFC officials have not yet announced a new date for the matchup, but fans can rest assured that it will happen eventually.

In the meantime, fans of MMA can continue to enjoy the many other exciting fights and events that the UFC has to offer. With a stacked roster of fighters and a schedule full of exciting matchups, there is never a dull moment in the world of mixed martial arts. So, while we wait for the next chapter in the Oliveira vs. Dariush saga, let's sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.


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