Alas, Islam Makhachev gets a proper fight (no offense to Dan Hooker). According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Makhachev will take on Beneil Dariush in the main event on February 26th, 2022. The bout features Makhachev on a nine fight win streak and Dariush on a seven fight win streak. The two fighters are ranked fourth and third respectively.
Ohhhh yes. Beneil Dariush (@beneildariush) vs. Islam Makhachev (@MAKHACHEVMMA). Seven fight win streak vs. Nine fight win streak. Five-round main event, UFC Fight Night on Feb. 27, per sources. Big one. pic.twitter.com/xETKmx8l27
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 27, 2021
Note: Okamoto has a type-0 as the UFC has the event scheduled on the 26th, not the 27th
Islam Makhachev is the heir to Khabib’s throne. At 21-1 he’s had a hard time getting fights and it’s easy to see why. He’s dominated almost every step of the way. His last win was a pure suffocation of Dan Hooker. Almost immediately in the fight, Makhachev got a takedown and ended up defeating Hooker with a kimura.
Beneil Dariush has had a career resurgence the last few years. Sitting at 21-4-1, Dariush has been involved in nothing but bangers for the last few years. Since losing to Alexander Hernandez in 2018, Dariush has beat Thiago Moises, Drew Dober, Frank Camacho, Drakkar Klose, Scott Holtzman, Diego Ferreira, and Tony Ferguson.
The two take on each other in what could be a fantastic grappling match. Makhachev has a Dagestani background and Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner; we know what he’s coming with. Dariush’s accolades are just as impressive. He has three no-gi BJJ World Championships to his name as well.
Building Islam Makhachev vs. Beneil Dariush
Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush provides as the main event for a fresh card that is still in the process of being built. Currently there are two fights currently booked for the card aside from Makhachev vs. Dariush.
First, a lightweight bout betweeen Ignacio Bahamondes and Zhu Rong. Bahamondes had a spectacular finish of Roosevelt Roberts in his last fight with a gigantic wheel kick knockout just before the bell of round three. Zhu Rong comes in 1-1 in the UFC looking to notch another win.
The other fight is a women’s strawweight bout between Jinh Yu Frey and Hannah Goldy who are both coming off wins in their previous outings.
Stay posted to My MMA News for all the latest fight announcements for February 26th’s fight card. Thanks for reading!
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