Dariush Pinpoints Gaethje’s Mistakes Against Oliveira At UFC 274

UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has assessed what fellow contender Justin Gaethje did wrong against Charles Oliveira at UFC 274. At the May 7 pay-per-view, Gaethje filled one slot in the main event, targeting undisputed championship glory at the second time of trying. But like at UFC 254 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, “The Highlight” found himself unconscious…

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UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush has assessed what fellow contender Justin Gaethje did wrong against Charles Oliveira at UFC 274.

At the May 7 pay-per-view, Gaethje filled one slot in the main event, targeting undisputed championship glory at the second time of trying. But like at UFC 254 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, “The Highlight” found himself unconscious courtesy of a submission.

With the defeat, Gaethje became the latest addition to the incredible resurgence story of Oliveira. Like against Michael Chandler last May and versus Dustin Poirier seven months later, “Do Bronx” managed to overcome early knockdowns to secure the victory last month.

While he’s no longer the champion having missed weight prior to UFC 274, the Brazilian is still widely regarded as the occupier of the throne at 155 pounds.

While Oliveira looks ahead to the vacant title fight that is likely to go down later this year, Gaethje has been left wondering what went wrong and where he goes from here. During an interview with ESPN MMA, Beneil Dariush went someway to answering one of those questions.

Dariush, who predicted that Gaethje would leave Arizona with the gold, said that the Safford native wasn’t a smart as he needed to be, and instead became overzealous after a pair of early knockdowns.

“I picked Gaethje to win, but I said if Gaethje’s smart. I said, ‘If Gaethje hits him and then moves, he’ll be fine.’ And he did that a little bit, and he got two knockdowns. But he got overzealous,” suggested Dariush.

“And man, you gotta understand, Justin really is a dog. When he sees blood, he sees blood. But the thing with Charles is, he’ll go to his back, not because he’s super hurt, but it’s a comfort zone for him,” added Dariush. “Justin couldn’t differentiate between Charles being hurt and Charles just being cautious.”

Dariush: Gaethje’s Hesitance To Follow Oliveira Down Was A Mistake

Oliveira is thought by many to be the UFC’s most talented Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, and holds the promotional record for the most submissions (16). With that in mind, Gaethje chose to remain on the feet following the knockdowns, a strategy that many have questioned in the weeks since.

Dariush, the current #6-ranked lightweight contender, shared that sentiment during his conversation with Brett Okamoto, suggesting that “The Highlight” should have looked to finish the job, rather than allowing “Do Bronx” to recover.

“I think it’s a mistake. I mean, if you’re an MMA fighter and you just knock somebody down, go! I remember rewatching my fight with Diego Ferreira, and I remember Daniel Cormier saying it was a mistake for me to chase him down because he was able to recover after I dropped him… Bro, this is MMA? I’m not trying to tell you I’m the best at striking, I’m trying to let you know that I’m the best at hurting you. That’s my job, on the ground or standing.”

Justin Gaethje & Charles Oliveira
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Mateusz Gamrot Calls Out Justin Gaethje, Eyes Fight with Islam Makhachev After UFC Vegas 57 Victory

Mateusz GamrotMateusz Gamrot surprised many with his big win over Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Vegas 57 on Saturday. Tsarukyan entered the bout as a -280 favorite over the Polish grappler, but it was Gamrot’s conditioning that held up better allowing him to take the last three rounds on all three scorecards to secure a unanimous decision […]

Mateusz Gamrot

Mateusz Gamrot surprised many with his big win over Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Vegas 57 on Saturday.

Tsarukyan entered the bout as a -280 favorite over the Polish grappler, but it was Gamrot’s conditioning that held up better allowing him to take the last three rounds on all three scorecards to secure a unanimous decision victory. Following his victory, Gamrot took the opportunity to shoot his shot, calling out former two-time UFC title challenger Justin Gaethje.

“I am ready for f*cking every single guy in the division. In the future, I will be a champion for sure. I want to fight with Justin Gaethje. Justin Gaethje’s the most brutal guy in the division. I want to fight next with him.”

Appearing at the UFC Vegas 57 post-fight press conference, Gamrot elaborated on his callout of ‘The Highlight’ calling it a battle of the old school versus the new school of lightweight contenders.

“I am a big fan of Justin Gaethje. You know, I have a lot of respect for him. I think he’s the most brutal guy in the lightweight division. This guy fighting two times in the title shot and I think this is old school and I am new school. I am new generation. Now I wanna switch the place. I start climbing to the top.”

Mateusz Gamrot Reveals He Spoke With Khabib Nurmagomedov Following Win

Mateusz Gamrot also discussed a conversation he had with former lightweight champion and soon-to-be UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov

“Khabib said, ‘congratulations on your fight, you are a nice guy, for sure in the future you meet with Islam in fight.’ So I keep my fingers crossed for Islam. I think Islam beats Charles Oliveira next fight and I want my next fight with Justin and next fighting with Islam. Simple plan.”

With his win over Tsarukyan, Gamrot will likely find himself a top ten opponent for his next bout. Gaethje last fought at UFC 274 in May. Only a month removed from that fight, the timeline would certainly make sense for Gamrot to get a shot at Gaethje’s No. 3 spot in the rankings.

While the UFC has not committed to the bout, the general consensus is that Charles Oliveira will face Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight championship before the end of the year.  Oliveira was the undisputed champion until his bout with Gaethje at UFC 274. ‘Do Bronx’ weighed in over the lightweight title fight limit of 155 pounds and was stripped of his championship. With his win over Gaethje, Oliveira will fight to regain his lightweight title when he returns to the Octagon.

Poirier: It Looked Like Oliveira Could Have Lost The Last Half-A-Pound

Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier was surprised by Charles Oliveira missing weight ahead of UFC 274. Poirier lost to Oliveira at UFC 269 last December. Just a few months later, Oliveira was slated to face Justin Gaethje in the UFC 274 main event but was stripped of his belt just hours before the…

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Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier was surprised by Charles Oliveira missing weight ahead of UFC 274.

Poirier lost to Oliveira at UFC 269 last December. Just a few months later, Oliveira was slated to face Justin Gaethje in the UFC 274 main event but was stripped of his belt just hours before the fight due to missing championship weight.

Oliveira went on to earn the win over Gaethje via first-round submission, but the lightweight title is now vacant. Oliveira is expected to fight for the now-vacant title against a top contender like Islam Makhachev.

During a recent interview on THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas, Poirier reacted to Oliveira’s weight-cutting debacle ahead of UFC 274.

“I was shocked on the second (miss),” Poirier said of Oliveira’s weight cut. “I was kinda surprised when he came in a little over, but maybe they misjudged some things or the scale was different back in the locker room, whatever, I don’t know. But I thought in that hour time, he would come back and be on weight, especially in a championship fight. I was surprised.”

Poirier was then asked whether or not Oliveira was physically able to make the full cut to 155lbs.

“I’ve never completely stopped losing weight, but I’ve been in a position where I was in a sauna for a very long time and my body was just burned out… (But) I’ve always pushed the extra bit and made weight… they weren’t carrying him (Oliveira) out, he wasn’t stumbling around,” Poirier said. “He’s always really lean, and he’s long and tall, but he’s a big guy. He didn’t look like he needed to be helped. He still had life in his body. He could’ve, it looked like, tried to lose more weight. (I was shocked), it was a championship fight!”

Poirier has recently alluded to a desire for a rematch with Oliveira next, although it’s unclear if he’ll wait it out for another fight with him. Poirier has also teased a potential move to welterweight to face Colby Covington or Nate Diaz.

Oliveira has had his fair share of weight-cutting issues over his UFC career, dating back to his time in the featherweight division. He’ll look to right the ship leading up to his next fight.

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Gilbert Burns Says Charles Oliveira Can Beat Islam Makhachev With His Superior Striking Skills

Gilbert BurnsUFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point. Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the […]

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UFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point.

Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the UFC and is one of the most dangerous divisions in the entire sport. Oliveira has had times in all his fights when he out struck Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and Justin Gaethje in his recent title run and defenses.

Justin Gaethje is known for his striking ability, and Oliveira rocked him in the first 10 seconds of the fight and even knocked him down. Makhachev’s striking is no where close to any of the previous three fighters mentioned, but his ground game and wrestling is one on the best we have ever seen in UFC history.

Gilbert Burns believes that Charles Oliveira may have a hand up in a title fight against Islam Makhachev

“If I was the matchmaker, I would make Islam vs Oliveira for sure,” Burns said in an interview with Helen Yee. “That’s a fight that is very intriguing. I still believe Oliveira can get the win, because his striking. The pressure that he does and the jiu-jitsu. People say all the sambo and hey I got it, but Oliveira is huge for that division…. I think he’s on a different level.”

Burns is ready to see the fight between Oliveira, much like mostly everyone involved in the sport. The only thing that may be holding the UFC back from making the fight at the moment, is the fact that Makhachev has yet to beat a top five ranked fighter in the division. He has also only beaten one top 10 fighter, Dan Hooker on short notice.

Burns himself is coming off an amazing bout against Khamzat Chimaev, that could have easily went either way. Burns is one of the best strikers in his division and he pairs that with phenomenal jiu-jitsu, much like Oliveira does.

Islam Makhachev Confident He Will Beat Charles Oliveira; ‘I Can Finish This Guy’

Islam MakhachevIslam Makhachev believes he is the one that should face Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC lightweight championship. While speaking with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Makhachev (22-1-0) said that is currently in Dubai preparing for a title bout that he expects to take place on October 22.  “I am in Dubai now preparing this area for […]

Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev believes he is the one that should face Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC lightweight championship.

While speaking with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Makhachev (22-1-0) said that is currently in Dubai preparing for a title bout that he expects to take place on October 22. 

“I am in Dubai now preparing this area for a title fight,” said Makhachev.

The last time we saw Islam Makhachev in the Octagon, it was against late replacement Bobby Green in February. Green stepped in on short notice to replace an injured Beneil Dariush. Makhachev finished Green in the first round via TKO. 

Riding a 10-fight win streak, Islam Makhachev and many others within the MMA community believe he is next in line for a title opportunity. Unfortunately for Makhachev, Dana White still has that #1 contender bout between Makhachev and Dariush on his mind.

“Who doesn’t think Dariush and Islam is a great fight? It’s a f*cking killer fight,” White said during the UFC 274 post-fight press conference. “I would love to see that fight to see who the No. 1 contender is, but I’m not gonna lie, after tonight I wouldn’t mind doing Islam vs. Oliveira, either. We’ll see what happens.”

Makhachev argues that he should not have to fight Dariush to determine the No.1 contender as the division has no champion. 

“We don’t have a champion,” Makhachev said. “Charles is a contender. That’s why it’s going to be for the title. I deserve it. I have a 10-fight win streak.”

“[Oliveira] said I don’t deserve this, but he’s asking about Nate Diaz and Conor [McGregor],” Makhachev said. “I think Charles is a No. 1 contender now. We don’t have a champion because he don’t make weight. He is not a professional.”

Islam Makhachev Believes He Is a Much More Dangerous Fight for Oliveira Than His Previous Opponents

Makhachev believes he is a much more dangerous opponent for Oliveira than fighters like Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje. Unlike Oliveira’s last two opponents, Makhachev is very comfortable and confident going to the ground. With four submissions in his last 10 bouts and 10 victories via submission overall, Makhachev believes he can get ‘Do Bronx’ to the canvas and finish the former lightweight king.

“I’m gonna take him down, make him tired and he gonna give up like he did 10 times in the UFC,” said Makhachev. “If someone give him hard time, he’s going to give up 100 percent.

“[Justin} almost finish him, but when he drop him, he stayed striking. Everyone is scared of his grappling, but I don’t care about his grappling honestly, because I grapple with the best grapplers in the world. I grew up with Khabib [Nurmagomedov] all my life. That’s why I don’t care about his grappling.

“I’m gonna take him down, make him tired and I can finish him there. Everyone says grappling is his area, but I’m gonna finish him in this area.” 

After victories over Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje, many have talked about the prospect of Khabib Nurmagomedov returning to face Oliveira; an idea that Makhachev laughed off.

“This is like an easy fight for Khabib,” Makhachev said. “Khabib have the most dominant grappling from top. He’s going to take him down, hold him there. Very easy. I honestly think this is a very easy fight for Khabib. Stylistically, all of [Oliveira’s] pressure is not going to work against Khabib, because Khabib pressures all of his opponents.

“We don’t have to say Khabib is going to beat Charles. I’m going to beat Charles. And everybody is going to understand. Honestly, I believe I can finish this guy and I really want to finish him in the grappling, in his area. I know I can do this.”

Is Makhachev the man to face Charles Oliveira or does he need one more big win?

Sonnen Makes The Case For Immediate Oliveira vs. Gaethje Rematch

After Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 274, Chael Sonnen thinks the stripped champion’s next opponent could be … Justin Gaethje. Even though Oliveira just defeated Gaethje in the UFC 274 main event, Oliveira was not eligible to win the lightweight title. Prior to the contest, Oliveira missed weight and was forced to vacate the…

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After Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 274, Chael Sonnen thinks the stripped champion’s next opponent could be … Justin Gaethje.

Even though Oliveira just defeated Gaethje in the UFC 274 main event, Oliveira was not eligible to win the lightweight title. Prior to the contest, Oliveira missed weight and was forced to vacate the belt. Due to his weight miss, the Brazilian was ineligible to win the title back, but Gaethje was. In the end, Oliveira submitted Gaethje in the first round via rear-naked choke.

Speaking on his podcast recently, Sonnen discussed what he thinks is next for Oliveira, who will compete for the vacant lightweight title in his next Octagon appearance.

“The Bad Guy” called on past precedent to suggest that an immediate Oliveira/Gaethje rematch is not out of the question.

“Recent history says that Justin Gaethje also should be considered for that match. By recent history, I’m just talking about Figueiredo vs. Benavidez. Exact same scenario.

“I would suppose that the decision-makers looked at it and go: ‘Look, if we’re going to give Figueiredo the reward of being one part of the championship match, we can’t reward the offender if we don’t also reward the victim.’”

Sonnen is referring to the 2020 vacant flyweight title bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez. Figueiredo had missed weight and was ineligible to win the championship, even though he won the fight via TKO.

Due to the weigh-miss, Figueiredo and Benavidez had a rematch five months later, where Figueiredo cemented himself as the flyweight champion with a rear-naked choke victory.

One small difference between the scenarios is that Oliveira was already the champion who had defended his title prior to missing weight, whereas the first Figueiredo vs. Benavidez fight was for a vacant title.

Oliveira has been on a tremendous rise within the lightweight division. He is currently on an 11-fight win streak, which included his 155-pound title victory. Oliveira’s jiu-jitsu has looked impossible inside the Octagon, with seven of those 11 victories coming via submission.

Many would like to see Oliveira test himself against rising challenger Islam Makhachev. However, with how stacked the lightweight division is at the moment, there’s no telling what the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will book.

Who do you think should face Oliveira next? And do you agree with Chael Sonnen that Justin Gaethje should be in consideration? Sound off in the comments!

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