Dana White wants Islam Makhachev to fight Beneil Dariush as he refused to fight RDA

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UFC President Dana White has stated that he wants lightweight contender Islam Makhachev to fight Beneil Dariush next as he was asked to fight Rafael Dos Anjos next on short notice, which Islam’s team rejected. Rafael Dos Anjos was set to fight Rafael Fiziev at UFC 272. Fiziev pulled out just a few days before the fight. Islam Makhachev was previously scheduled to fight Rafael several times but the fight could never take place as both of them had pulled out from their fight. Now after Fiziev pulled out Islam suggested that he was willing to step in but when Dana White asked for confirmation from Islam he declined the fight.

Now UFC President Dana White has said that Islam Makhachev who was supposed to fight for the title next will now have to fight Beneil Dariush Next. Islam Makhachev was scheduled to fight Beneil Dariush at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 202 but Beneil pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by Bobby Green. Islam won that fight via TKO in round one.

After Rafael Fiziev pulled out of the fight against Dos Anjos, Islam was ready to step in on short notice.

“170??? Let’s do it,” Makhachev wrote on Twitter. “We have unfinished business RDA.”

“I thought we had it done,” White said in an interview with Barstool Sports. “When I went to bed one of the nights there, I thought it was done. Woke up the next morning and found out (Makhachev) turned it down.

“It’s, ‘What’s the best fight that you can possibly make?’ The best fight that we could possibly make would’ve been him and Islam. RDA vs. Islam. Islam turns down the fight, ‘What’s the best fight you could make?’ Moicano.”

“I love the Dariush fight,” White said. “Since he turned down this fight we’re going to remake the Dariush fight. Dying to see that fight. And then (if) he gets through Dariush, it’s very interesting.”

Now Rafael Dos Anjos will be fighting Renato Moicano in the co-main event of the UFC 272 event. The fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.



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  • Islam Makhachev to fight Beneil Dariush next

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