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Midnight Mania! ‘Confused’ Beneil Dariush reacts to UFC 280 back up Alexander Volkanovski

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Beneil Dariush is currently ranked as the sixth best Lightweight in the world. He’s won seven in a row, defeating a former interim champion in Tony Ferguson and several other established veterans to prove himself among the best in the world. At 33 years of age, the Southpaw is in his prime, ready for a title shot.

So why isn’t he the back up at UFC 280 for the Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev title fight? After all, Dariush is scheduled to fight that very night against fellow top talent Mateusz Gamrot in a potential title eliminator. He’s literally right there to serve as back up, but that honor and opportunity will instead go to Featherweight kingpin Alexander Volkanovski.

Dariush doesn’t understand.

‘Honestly, I’m confused,” Dariush told Sirius XM (via MMAJunkie). “I don’t know if he’s playing games or the UFC is playing games, because I was told I’m the fill in.

“That’s the whole point of having another lightweight fight on that card, just in case something goes wrong, so I don’t understand what’s going on here. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it, but ultimately I have one goal and that’s Gamrot. But I really thought I was the fill in, that’s what I was told.”

One way or another, Dariush can help make his case by stomping out “Gamer’s” win streak on Oct. 22.


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