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Beneil Dariush Pulls an Islam Makhachev on Charles Oliveira as He Announces “I Train With a Lot of Jiu-Jitsu Guys Who Are Better Than Him”

Published 04/18/2023, 11:57 AM EDT

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Beneil Dariush does not seem to be getting away from the headlines. After facing a major disappointment as his fight against Charles Oliveira on UFC 288 after it was postponed, the UFC fighter has decided not to find a replacement for the UFC lightweight and rather wait for Oliveira to recover for a future bout. Dariush has been appearing in a lot of interviews while sharing his take.

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The 33-year-old spoke about what he was doing to nullify Charles Oliveira’s grappling in their future fight. Dariush pulls out an Islam Makhachev type of threat as he speaks about the dangers that the former UFC lightweight champion possesses.

Beneil Dariush says he trains with ‘world-class’ jiu-jitsu athletes


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The UFC lightweight appeared in an interview on the YouTube channel, An0maly – News Analysis & Hip-hop. He answered a few questions related to his postponed fight against Charles Oliveira. Beneil Dariush was asked if would have been comfortable going to the ground against Oliveira.

Dariush said, “I train with a lot of jiu-jitsu guys who are better than him”. Furthermore, the UFC lightweight added that he is not trying to belittle Oliveria. The UFC lightweight followed, ” I mean it’s not like I’m trying to insult him or anything but these guys are world-class jiu-jitsu guys and I train with them and it’s awful man.” 


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Given the reputation that Oliveira has in the world of MMA for his jiu-jitsu work, Dariush has made a bold claim against his future opponent.

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The American fighter also stated that it is a humbling experience for him to train in jiu-jitsu. He continued, “They’re so good. It’s really humbling to be honest with you today. You know going into MMA practice against world-class guys and winning all your rounds and then you go into a jiu-jitsu practice and you do jiu-jitsu with the really good jiu-jitsu guys and you lose all your rounds. It’s very humbling.”


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UFC didn’t like Beneil Dariush facing Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 288

The UFC matchmakers didn’t like the idea of replacing Oliveira with Tsarukyan at UFC 288. Although the idea was gladly accepted by Dariush, the UFC decided to postpone the event for the future.

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Dariush and Tsarukyan expressed their gratitude to each other on social media. Both fighters also promised to face each other inside the octagon down the line in their careers.


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Faizan Mirza

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Faizan Mirza is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. With a keen eye for analyzing the striking skills of MMA fighters, Faizan uses his expertise to break down fights, providing insightful commentary that is both informative and entertaining for combat sports fans. Faizan's article on Nate Diaz's remarks to Michael Chandler about Conor McGregor was particularly well-received, showcasing Faizan's talent for uncovering the lesser-known aspects of the sport.

Edited By: Debmallya Chakraborty