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Islam Makhachev injured, Charles Oliveira set for No. 1 contender fight at UFC 300



A high-stake lightweight bout between former champ Charles Oliveira and rising contender Arman Tsarukyan has been booked for UFC 300, according to UFC president Dana White.

As White made the announcement on social media, he confirmed that the matchup will serve as a No. 1 contender fight with the winner challenging the reigning champion Islam Makhachev later on in the summer time.

“For UFC 300, No. 1 ranked lightweight Charles Oliveira is taking on No. 4 ranked Arman Tsarukyan in a No. 1 contender fight,” Dana White said in a video on Instagram. “Oliveira was supposed to fight the champ Islam Makhachev, but Islam is still recovering from an injury. Tsarukyan is coming off a vicious knockout of Beneil Dariush. The winner will face Islam when he returns this summer.”


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Just like Tsarukyan, Oliveira is also coming off a first round stoppage against Dariush. He was then scheduled to take on Makhachev in a rematch at UFC 294 back in October, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut on his eyebrow during preparations.

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UFC 300 with Charles Oliveira – updated fight card

Charles Oliveira vs Beneil Dariush is the fourth fight to be officially announced for the milestone UFC 300 event, that takes place in Las Vegas on April 13. A title fight between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and top contender Belal Muhammad is rumored for the show although not yet confirmed at the moment.

Check out the updated UFC 300 fight card down below!

  • Welterweight: (C) Leon Edwards vs. #2 Belal Muhammad*
  • Light heavyweight: #2 Jiri Prochazka vs. #5 Aleksandar Rakic
  • Featherweight: (#1 BW) Aljamain Sterling vs. #7 Calvin Kattar
  • Middleweight: Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage
  • Lightweight: #1 Charles Oliveira vs. #4 Arman Tsarukyan

*Not officially confirmed.

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