Khabib Nurmagomedov recently came with a mystic and cryptic prediction ahead of the lightweight title bout between his protoge Islam Makhachev and former champion Charles Oliveira.
“I just think Charles Oliveira will not show up in Abu Dhabi and the UFC will replace Charles with Beneil Dariush. Regardless of who the opponent will be, Makhachev is on his way to becoming the best in the world,” Khabib wrote.
One can only speculate if this is an attempt to create buzz around Makhachev, or a hint that Khabib know’s something’s up with “Do Bronx”. However, Oliveira has admitted that he rather wanted to test his wings against Conor McGregor than a fight with Makhachev.
I just think Charles Oliveira will not show up in Abu Dhabi and the UFC will replace Charles with Beneil Dariush.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) September 16, 2022
Top ranked lightweight Beneil Dariush, who also fights on the UFC 20 card, recently claimed that he’s promised to fight for the lightweight title, if something happens to Charles Oliveira or Islam Makhachev. The American will weigh in at championship weight at 155 pounds.
“That’s what Ali told me, I was the backup for this,” Dariush told MMA Fighting. “If something goes wrong, they would put me in.”
Check out the current UFC 280 fight card below!
UFC 280 – Announced fights so far
- Lightweight title fight: Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev
- Bantamweight title fight: Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw
- Bantamweight: Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley
- Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot
- Women’s Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot
- Welterweight: Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady
- Middleweight: Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho
- Light Heavyweight: Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Featherweight: Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida
- Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Magomed Mustafaev