The main fight of Fight Night on February 26 between Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev was canceled after Dariush pulled out of the fight due to an injury.
Ariel Helwani was the first to break the news via his twitter page. Dariush cites an ankle injury as the reason for his departure. At the moment, it is not known whether Makhachev will remain on the map or not.
Makhachev vs. Dariush was a likely LW title eliminator
Many expected the Feb. 26 headliner between Makhachev and Dariush to be a lightweight title contender to determine who would next challenge champion Charles Oliveira.
Beneil Dariush won seven fights in a row and was considered a very difficult stylistic fight for Makhachev. Dariush has proven that he is more than willing to stand up and hit with decent bonus performances, but what makes this pairing the most intriguing is the fact that Dariush holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is considered one of the best grapplers in the world. UFC. Given Makhachev’s heavy wrestling style, this match was considered a prime example of “something has to give”.
On the other hand, Islam Makhachev is currently enjoying an incredible nine-fight winning streak. A victory here would mean not only a 10th win in a row, but finally that elusive victory over a top 5 opponent that many demanded of him. During this winning streak, Makhachev defeated the likes of Thiago Moises, Drew Dober and most recently Dan Hooker.
Despite all the gloom and gloom, it is currently unknown if this fight will be rescheduled, so there is a possibility that the fight will take place in the near future depending on Dariush’s recovery schedule.
MMA News will keep you updated on Islam Makhachev’s condition on February 26th fight night and what’s next for both fighters.