Former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira knows what it’s like to be a thirsty title contender campaigning for a 155-pound crown crack, which is why ranked Beneil Dariush No. 6, doesn’t understand how the ‘hypocritical’ Brazilian can justify his pursuit of mythical paydays.
Like the one offered by the “wealthy” Conor McGregor, which remains the best draw in the sport.
“He talks about wanting to fight Conor, and he explains that these guys never gave him a chance when he was outside the top five, blah, blah, blah,” Dariush said on The fighter against the writer. “We were supposed to fight in October 2020. I have a fight contract, I can post a picture of it. I was supposed to fight Charles, and he pulled out of the fight, and then a few months later, instead of fighting me, he fought Tony Ferguson.
“He said something about family issues and I’m not going to say, ‘Oh he didn’t fight me, I can’t believe it. Family comes first, I understand that,” Dariush continued. “But the same thing people did to him, he does to me. He was supposed to fight me, bailed out, ran away and fought Tony Ferguson. Now, instead of fighting real contenders, he wants to go fight Conor? He wants to go fight Nate Diaz? It’s hypocritical. That’s the only thing that bothers me. »
Dariush (21-4-1) is the winner of seven straight games with four poor finishes. He was last seen turning down former interim champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 and understands his recent injury timeout could result in a non-title fight against compatriot Islam Makhachev.
Assuming the Dagestan grappler doesn’t get the next shot in Oliveira.
“There are two clear suitors in front of you, and you are trying to chase a unicorn,” Dariush continued. “No one knows when Conor is going to fight again. The guy might not even fight this year. Make sense. It just doesn’t make sense. Listen, if I have to fight Islam, cool. I Told UFC I would be ready in August or September I was told Islam wants to wait now for the Abu Dhabi card [in October]. Alright, whatever, if I have to wait until then, I’ll fight him then.
Much depends on McGregor’s recovery schedule. ‘Notorious’ is still healing from a broken leg suffered against Dustin Poirier last summer and could be out of action until early 2023, meaning Oliveira would eventually sit on the bench for the rest of the year (or longer).
“If Charles is just waiting to fight Conor, it doesn’t make sense,” Dariush said. “We are both here. We are both ready to fight for the title. It’s boring. I rarely get frustrated because I understand it’s all a popularity contest and there’s a lot of politics involved. I get it. But this is the first time that I have been so frustrated with another fighter. You literally do what you said others did to you, so I don’t get it.
Many more pieces to this 155-pound puzzle.