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Dariush will be backup to Oliveira vs. Makhachev

In his perfect world, Beneil Dariush would challenge for the lightweight title at UFC 280. But he will still have a catchweight of 155 pounds as a


In his perfect world, Beneil Dariush would challenge for the lightweight title at UFC 280. But he will still have a catchweight of 155 pounds as a backup to the main event between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.

As he prepares for his own fight against Mateusz Gamrot on the same card on October 22, Dariush said he has been told to be ready in case something happens to any of the main event fighters.

That’s what my manager Ali Abdelaziz told me, I was the backup for this. If something goes wrong, they would call me.”

In recent years, the UFC has either booked a matchup in the same weight class or signed a fighter to serve as a backup to prevent high-profile main events from falling apart in the days leading up to the show.

The practice was prominent during the pandemic when athletes, coaches or teammates tested positive for COVID-19, forcing numerous last-minute changes to events. Now, the UFC employs a contingency strategy as a safety valve to prevent the loss of a marquee main event.

As he prepares for Gamrot as part of the card, Dariush will have no problem cutting the extra pound required for a title fight; faced a similar situation when he competed on the same card as Oliveira, who at UFC 262 faced Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight title.

“Yes, of course I will give £155. It is not so difficult. I did 156. Last time in Texas [en UFC 262]I was about 155 when I fought«.

What happened was I got on the scale with the UFC scale, it’s a digital scale, it said 155.2 and it was fine, and had underwear on. I got on the athletic commission one, they use the weights on the scale, I got on that one and I was like 156.2. I was like what? So I had to go back and cut some more weight. The whole thing was stupid. So I plan to do 155 like last time.”