Arman Tsarukyan was aware that his co-main event fight against Damir Ismagulov at UFC Vegas 66 was a high-risk, low-reward scenario.
Although he commended Ismagulov as a formidable adversary. The truth remains that Tsarukyan confronted an opponent who was ranked lower and less established within the lightweight division.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old persevered, achieving a victory and advancing his UFC record to 6-2. With his sole defeats having been against Mateusz Gamrot and the current lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.
Following his triumph, Tsarukyan has his sights set on the future. Having taken a risk by fighting a relatively unknown adversary such as Ismagulov.
In fact, Tsarukyan has aspirations to challenge one of the UFC’s leading lightweights in 2023. Providing him with the opportunity to advance towards title contention.
Tsarukyan acknowledges that there is always room for improvement. And he aims to address the errors that hindered him from achieving a finish at UFC Vegas 66. Now, Arman calls out Beneil Dariush after Oliveira withdraws from the fight due to injury.
Arman Tsarukyan wants in after Charles leaves
The scheduled lightweight fight between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush for UFC 288 on May 6 will be postponed due to an undisclosed injury to Oliveira, sources told @CCLegaspi.
UFC is working on a new date for the bout. pic.twitter.com/kSGBxjcE1i
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 15, 2023
Reportedly, the eagerly awaited UFC lightweight clash between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush has been postponed. Oliveira was originally set to battle Dariush in the co-main event at UFC 288 on May 6, 2023.
The MMA community is in agreement that the victor of the Oliveira–Dariush bout has a strong chance of being granted a shot at the UFC lightweight championship, which is currently held by Islam Makhachev.
— Arman Tsarukyan UFC (@ArmanUfc) April 15, 2023
In addition, the UFC 288 event will feature a UFC bantamweight title bout as the main event. With Aljamain Sterling defending his championship against former two-division UFC titleholder, Henry Cejudo.
The Oliveira-Dariush bout was set to be a significant addition to the UFC 288 fight card. However, according to Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes, Oliveira sustained a minor injury that will hinder his training for a few weeks. The exact nature of ‘Do Bronx’s’ injury has not been revealed.
The UFC is actively seeking to reschedule the highly anticipated fight between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush. The result of this fight will be crucial in determining the next contender for the UFC lightweight championship, which is currently held by Islam Makhachev.
At present, it remains uncertain whether the UFC can reschedule the Oliveira-Dariush bout for the upcoming UFC 289. Which is a numbered PPV event set to take place on June 10, 2023.
However, the promotion is expected to make an announcement soon regarding the new date for the highly-anticipated lightweight matchup.