17.1 C
Auckland
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
-- Free Advertisement --spot_img
HomeSportMakhachev suffers UFC main event blow

Makhachev suffers UFC main event blow

Most Popular

Islam Makhachev will face a new rival in next week’s UFC main event.

Russian star Islam Makhachev will face veteran slugger Bobby Green in next week’s UFC main event in Las Vegas after his original opponent Beneil Dariush withdrew from the contest after suffering an injury in training.

The fight between Makhachev and Dariush was one of the most anticipated of the new year to date, with the 21-4-1 Iranian-American fighter considered by most to be the sternest test to Makhachev’s title credentials thus far.

The UFC moved quickly to serve up another opponent to the title-hungry Makhachev though, drafting in the 42-fight veteran Green to plug the gap atop the card.

The fight will take place at a 160lbs catchweight, 4lbs above the lightweight non-title limit of 156lbs.

According to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, the injury to Dariush occurred this week when his toe became ‘caught’ in the mat during sparring, leading to an injury to his ankle when his training partner’s weight landed on it.

The original bout between Makhachev and Dariush was considered to be a title eliminator, meaning that the winner would have been next in line for the winner of the upcoming Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje world title bout.

It is unclear if a win against Green will vault Makhachev – who is a long-time friend and training partner of UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov – into a championship fight, or if the promotion will opt to pursue the original booking when Dariush recovers from his injury.

Green, meanwhile, comes into the fight on the back of a two-fight win streak. He defeated Nasrat Haqparast by decision at last weekend’s UFC 271 event in Houston, Texas to add to the TKO win he claimed against Al Iaquinta last November and has won five of his past seven fights overall.

Makhachev, by contrast, is 21-1 in his career and has won nine straight fights in the UFC lightweight division.

Dariush’s training partner Marvin Vettori further elaborated on the situation regarding the injury in a Twitter post in which he lashed out at suggestions that Dariush was ‘ducking’ the surging contender Makhachev.

“For everybody talking sh*t, Benny’s leg has a serious injury, there wasn’t anything he wanted more than this fight,” wrote Vettori.

“20 UFC fights, fought pretty much everyone, one of the most active in the roster. Wash your mouth whenever you talk about him.”

Source:RT News

No login required to comment. Name, email and web site fields are optional. Please remember to keep comments respectful. We believe in free speech. Unfortunately, due the actions of one online troll, we have had to implement a manual moderation system to ensure online discussion remains civil and constructive. Your views and voice are important. Your comment will be published after moderation unless it contains hate speech or defamatory statements.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Opinion

Daily Life

Wellington
broken clouds
13.7 ° C
14.8 °
13.1 °
79 %
4.6kmh
75 %
Tue
13 °
Wed
14 °
Thu
10 °
Fri
12 °
Sat
14 °
- Free Advertisement -spot_img
- Make Your Voice Heard -spot_img

Latest