Charles Oliveira Dominates Beneil Dariush in UFC 289

The thrilling matchup between Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira in the lightweight category did not disappoint

by Faruk Imamovic
Charles Oliveira Dominates Beneil Dariush in UFC 289

As the sun set on a day filled with excitement and anticipation, fight fans around the world turned their attention to the co-headlining bout of UFC 289, keenly watched by reigning champion Islam Makhachev. The thrilling matchup between Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira in the lightweight category did not disappoint, providing an adrenaline-fueled spectacle for fans who'd tuned in for the title eliminator.

Beneil Dariush: Proving His Mettle

Dariush, with a winning streak of eight consecutive victories, stepped into the ring to prove he was more than ready to challenge for the title. Despite widespread belief that he was already deserving of a title shot, the UFC had him face a stern test in the form of former champion Charles Oliveira.

For Oliveira, this was his first return to the Octagon since UFC 280, where he'd suffered a defeat at the hands of Islam Makhachev. It was a night where Oliveira needed to regain his momentum, and Dariush hoped to solidify his claim for the championship.

The stage was set for an epic clash.

The Comeback of Charles Oliveira

The match began with Oliveira, known as "Do Bronx", charging aggressively. His high kick left Dariush a little rattled, but the latter was quick to regain control.

Clinching on the wire, Dariush managed to take down Oliveira and dominate from the top, releasing a flurry of ground punches. Oliveira, however, counterattacked with a leg lever, yet it was insufficient to unsettle Dariush significantly.

The fighters returned to their feet, with Oliveira now seeking to regain control with a clinch. It was his second high kick that truly made its mark, knocking Dariush off his balance. Seizing the opportunity, Oliveira unleashed a series of punches that brought Dariush to the ground.

What followed was a masterclass of ground and pound that led to a thrilling victory for the former champion. Charles Oliveira had made a statement. The "Do Bronx" was back, reviving his career after the defeat against Makhachev, and there was no ambiguity about his intent.

He was gunning for another shot at the title, and he had Makhachev squarely in his sights. For fans of the sport and spectators of this electrifying event alike, UFC 289 was a night to remember. It showcased the relentless resolve of a former champion, the sheer mettle of a rising contender, and above all, the raw, exhilarating power of UFC at its finest.

UFC 289 - results

The main part

  • Amanda Nunes def. Irene Aldana via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-43)
  • Charles Oliveira def. Beneil Dariush via TKO (punches) at 4:10 of Round 1
  • Mike Malott def. Adam Fugitt via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:06 of Round 2
  • Dan Iga def.

    Nate Landwehr via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Marc-Andre Barriault def. Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary part
  • Nassourdine Imavov vs. Chris Curtis - No Contest due to a clash of heads at 3:04 of the second round
  • Jasmine Jasudavicius def.

    Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Aiemann Zahabi def. Aoriqiling via KO (punch) at 1:04 of Round 1
  • Kyle Nelson def. Blake Bilder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Early preliminary part
  • Stephen Erceg def.

    David Dvorak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

  • Diana Belbita def. Maria Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Charles Oliveira