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Beneil Dariush opts against surgery and targets Islam Makhachev this summer


Beneil Dariush will not undergo surgery on his leg.

Dariush, who broke his fibula and injured his ankle, was forced out of his UFC Fight Night 202 headliner against Islam Makhachev. The short-notice replacement was Bobby Green, whom Makhachev TKO’d in the first round.

After consulting with doctors, Dariush (21-4-1 MMA, 15-4-1 UFC) received the good news that his recovery time will be shorter than he originally expected.

“Physiotherapy comes in for the ankle,” Dariush said. ESPN. “The ankle right now is going to get weaker and it’s going to get lazy. And also certain ways of sleeping and certain things that you do, it’s going to get tighter. Thus, the ankle descends. Physical therapy is really just to keep the ankle healthy and if the ankle is healthy I should be able to be 100% – six to eight weeks or so they say.

“At first they were talking about four months just to start training again. So when I heard six to eight weeks, I almost started crying.

Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) was preparing for a title shot in the fall. But when Rafael dos Anjos lost his opponent for Saturday’s UFC 272 co-main event, Makhachev offered to step in and the promotion was all for her.

UFC President Dana White felt dos Anjos vs. Makhachev was a done deal, but revealed that Makhachev ended up turning down the fight. As a result, White now wants to book Makhachev against Dariush, much to Dariush’s delight.

“I really want to see this fight too,” Dariush said. “So I’m so happy. Yes, thank God we are going to be rescheduled. I feel bad for Islam. I’m sure he’s not very happy with the situation, but it’s the perfect situation for me to get this fight rebooked.

“I would like to have another 10 weeks for this camp, if possible. But if it’s shorter, it’s shorter. But that would be ideal. June, July – these are good dates.