The much-awaited lightweight clash is just a few days away, Beneil Dariush hasn’t tasted defeat in years, and all eyes will be on him to see how differently he can perform this Saturday night. Charles Oliveira, on the other hand, will be coming out of a very bitter loss; Islam Makhachev broke his well-maintained winning streak and snatched the UFC lightweight belt that once used to be Oliveira’s most precious possession.
A victory for either one is most likely a direct ticket to a title shot against Islam Makhachev.
Daniel Cormier on Oliveira vs Dariush
Daniel Cormier has seen these fighters compete like no other, as he commentated and watched these fighters closely.
He talks about both their strengths and shares a neutral response to the outcome of the event. He spoke about this on his ESPN show DC & RC. “This weekend, he has a fight against a guy like Charles Oliveira, who would seem to match up with him as perfect as you could imagine,” Cormier said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
“It’s gonna be strategic also because Dariush is a tremendous grappler, he’s a black belt. Charles Oliveira is the most accomplished submission artist in UFC history. Beneil Dariush, while he can strike, and he possesses knockout power, he isn’t as crisp, he isn’t as tight at Charles Oliveira in the standup.
He further speaks about Oliveira’s advantage: “This fight has so many questions on the Dariush side, but it also has questions on the Oliveira side. How does Oliveira bounce back from the loss to Islam Makhachev? One of Oliveira’s biggest advantages I believe, was when he was fighting guys like Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, they would knock him down, but they wouldn’t follow him to the ground because it was too dangerous.
He’s so good in the jiu-jitsu”. Cormier further said: "This is a phenomenal matchup, and this one here is going to be, or at least I can predict that this should be the Fight of the Night come this weekend".
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