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Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush off UFC 288 fight card

UFC 280: Oliveira v Makhachev Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Beneil Dariush will have to wait a little bit longer for his showdown with ex-champ Charles Oliveira.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MMA Fighting the removal of the pivotal lightweight matchup from its co-headlining spot on the pay-per-view main card of UFC 288 due to an injury to Oliveira. The news was first reported by ESPN Deportes.

UFC 288 takes place May 6 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champ Aljamain Sterling and ex-champ Henry Cejudo.

Oliveira is six months removed from a failed bid to recapture the UFC lightweight title in a fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 280. Oliveira was stripped of the belt in May at UFC 274 after missing weight for a fight with Justin Gaethje, whom he submitted in the first round.

Dariush has won eight straight at lightweight, slowly climbing into title contention after several ups and downs at 155 pounds. The 33-year-old vet has waited patiently for a fight that could earn him a title shot, and the booking against Oliveira fit the bill.

The UFC could book a new date for Oliveira vs. Dariush, or Dariush could wait for a title shot, according to one source.

The UFC 288 fight card now includes:

Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz contributed to this report.

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