With Charles Oliveira out of UFC 288, could it be time for Beneil Dariush to face Dustin Poirier instead?

Due to Charles Oliveira’s unfortunate injury, the anticipated matchup between him and Beneil Dariush at UFC 288 is in question. The topic on everyone’s mind is whether the UFC should take a gamble and delay the fight to UFC 289 on June 10 or change course and arrange a battle between Dariush and Dustin Poirier instead.

MMA journalist Mike Heck discusses why it would be wise for the UFC to pull out all the stops to have Poirier fill in for Oliveira, and how the division is currently shaping up with Islam Makahchev defending his title in October. To expand on this discussion, Heck delves into the recent triumph of Max Holloway over Arnold Allen in the main event at UFC Kansas City.

He also touches on the implications of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 71 main event featuring Curtis Blaydes versus Sergei Pavlovich, the Song Yadong versus Ricky Simon bout being rescheduled to the UFC Vegas 72 headliner, and the current status of the UFC 290 fight card.


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