Dariush Shuts Down Chandler ‘Clown Show’

Charles Oliveira will attempt to recapture the title he lost on the scale when he collides with lightweight contender Islam Makhachev atop the UFC 280 pay-per-view (PPV) later this month in Abu Dhabi. Not long after that, Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier will hook ‘em up at UFC 281 in New York to see which 155-pound bruiser stays alive in the division title chase.

Chandler believes a victory over Poirier will be enough to earn the next crack at the 155-pound crown, despite a 2-2 record under the UFC banner. Not surprisingly, No. 6-ranked lightweight contender Beneil Dariush — scheduled to face Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 280 — wants “Iron” to yield to more worthy contenders after failing to keep himself in the win column.
“Honestly, I think he’s just trying to hype himself up,” Dariush told Helen Yee about Chandler’s title talk. “I don’t think that’s true. But if that does happen, man, I will – that’s basically a clown show. What? The guy just had a title shot and lost and then lost again. So it doesn’t make sense. After I beat Gamrot, I don’t think there’s anyone who could step in front of me. We’ll see what happens. I think it would be a joke if he gets a title shot.”

The only fighter in the Top 5 who hasn’t been mentioned above is No. 3-ranked Justin Gaethje but his last fight (and last loss) came against Oliveira at UFC 274 back in May. Rafael Fiziev is sitting at No. 7 followed by Rafael dos Anjos, Gamrot, and Arman Tsarukyan to round out the Top 10. Not sure we can call anyone a “lock” when it comes to the next lightweight title shot.

Unless this happens.

Beneil Dariush is on a 7 fight win streak. If he wins at 280 obviously that’s 8 and I would favor him over Chandler for the next title shot

Chandlers 2 wins in the UFC are against Dan Hooker and T Ferg. Not exactly the cream of the crop


I understand Beneil’s point of view, but Chandler has put on nothing but exciting fights since he’s joined the UFC. Guys that sell ppv and tickets, like a Chandler, will easily take your spot in this sport.

Besides, Beneil already let Islam jump the line towards a title shot anyways. He better just focus on getting a big W vs Gamrot.


If Dariush wins its highly likely where the winners of his fight and the title fight meet in the finals like a four man tourny. Especially if Oliveira wins. If Gamrot wins though I think the Chandler vs Poirier winner would get a title shot over him at this point and also if Makhachev wins a close fight we could see Charles get an instant rematch.

Its complicated. I’m hoping the next title fight is Oliveira vs Dariush though. A lot of moving parts as they say.

Really don’t think Makhachev vs Gamrot is that possible for the next title fight but stranger things have happened. If they both win in dominant fashion then its possible.

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Dariush doesn’t sell tickets…Chandler moves the needle.