The current UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, did not disregard the successful performance of his former rival Charles Oliveira, who at UFC 289 in Vancouver dealt with Benil Dariush in the first round in a potential contender’s fight.
“Congratulations, Charles! But still, there are levels in this game! ”, The Russian wrote on the social network, referring to the Brazilian.
Referee Jason Herzog stopped the top lightweight fight with 50 seconds left in the first round, after Oliveira rocked Dariush in the standing position with a powerful series of punches and then finished off the American on the ground.
With a dominating victory, Charles Oliveira got his career back on track after losing to Islam Makhachev last October by a hand triangle choke for the vacant UFC lightweight championship belt.
In an interview after the fight, the Brazilian said that he was counting on a rematch with the Russian, who should defend his title on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.