For the second straight week, the UFC has been forced to scratch a key lightweight main event.
However, it didn’t take long to get a backup plan together.
Beneil Dariush has suffered an injury that will prevent him from facing Islam Makhachev in the UFC Fight Night 202 headliner on Feb. 26. The event is scheduled to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and stream on ESPN+.
As a result, Bobby Green has agreed to step in as the replacement for Dariush (21-4-1 MMA, 15-4-1 UFC) against Makhachev (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC). The fight, which takes place at a 160-pound catchweight, will come just two weeks after Green (29-12-1 MMA, 10-7-1 UFC) defeated Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271.
News of Dariush’s withdrawal from the bout was first reported by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. UFC broadcast partner ESPN subsequently reported Green had accepted the position as a replacement.
Makhachev posted a statement confirming the switch of opponent, and wish Dariush well in recovering from the serious ankle injury he reportedly suffered in training (via <a href=”
Different opponent, same goal. Also, I just wanna wish Beneil speedy recovery and best of luck. I truly believe we will face each other in the future.
Соперник травмировался дали нового оппонента 26 февраля мы деле ! 👊 #ufc
Makhachev, No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie lightweight rankings, was likely in line for a title shot with a win over No. 5-ranked Dariush. It remains to be seen how a win over Green could impact this plans.
The altered headliner comes on the heels of UFC Fight Night 201 on Saturday losing its top fight between former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev.
The latest UFC Fight Night 202 lineup now includes:
Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Rong Zhu
Hannah Goldy vs. Jinh Yu Frey
Joel Alvarez vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Misha Cirkunov vs. Wellington Turman
Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez
Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam
Micheal Gillmore vs. Jonny Parsons
Priscila Cachoeira vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Josiane Nunes vs. Wu Yanan