What’s The Status On Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush?
Fight fans who were hoping to see Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush on October 3 are in for a rude awakening.
Oliveira and Dariush had verbally agreed to a showdown this fall. The lightweight tilt would’ve been a part of the UFC on ESPN 16 card in Abu Dhabi. While both men were looking forward to fighting one another, it won’t be happening on October 3.
Dariush took to his Instagram account to reveal that he won’t be fighting Oliveira at UFC on ESPN 16.
“Hi everyone. After my fight with Scott Holtzman, the UFC offered me a fight with Charles Oliveira on Oct 3rd. I accepted and so did Charles. I did not announce it because I was waiting on the UFC to announce it and I would follow. I [have] been informed Charles is out of the fight. I am not sure on the details but I hope all is well with Charles. I am currently working with the UFC to figure out our next step. I will keep you all posted on the details. Finally, even though the fight did not come to fruition I want to thank the UFC, Sean Shelby, and my brother Ali Abdelaziz for setting this up.”
Dariush has been on a roll, winning five straight. He’s coming off a highlight-reel knockout victory over Scott Holtzman on August 8. He missed weight so he was ineligible for a bonus but Dariush nabbed three “Performance of the Night” bonuses in a row before the victory over Holtzman.
UFC on ESPN 16 is set to be headlined by a women’s bantamweight collision. Irene Aldana will meet former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm. UFC President Dana White has said that if Aldana can pull off a win, then she’ll likely be next in line for a shot at the 135-pound gold. Amanda Nunes currently holds the title.