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Oliveira vs Dariush Prediction, Fight Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Don’t Blink When Elite Featherweights Meet in Co-Main Event

A title shot could be at stake if either Charles Oliveira or Beneil Dariush finish spectacularly here. That’s what the UFC is banking on in this co-main event in UFC 289 on Saturday and the UFC lines support it. The totals are favored to go under 2½ rounds and slightly for Dariush. But Oliveira remains a dangerous underdog even if he could be injured in this fight.

Oliveira Remains Dangerous Even if Injured

Will Oliveira fight to his maximum potential in this upcoming bout? That is the question on people’s minds. Some are already using his recent injury as an excuse to fade him on the online sports betting lines. Oliveira had to postpone this fight from last month because of a “minor injury”.

Oliveira vs Dariush Prediction, Fight Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Oliveira is either fully healed and ready to go or is rushing back because he wants to get that rematch with Islam Makhachev. Dariush is not the opponent to fight unprepared, which could also be why he pulled out last month. But “Do Bronx” can hurt and finish Dariush wherever the fight goes.

This is the UFC’s all-time leader in finishes. All but two of his victories came by finish and it’s not for lack of trying as he nearly tore off his opponents’ arms. Oliveira is deadly with his jiu-jitsu and is aggressive in hunting for submission. And on his feet, he’s got enough power to hurt even the toughest strikers. Thus, he could be a lucrative UFC pick as an underdog.

Will Dariush Finally Break Through?

Dariush can match Oliveira wherever the fight goes. The longtime UFC veteran is finally on the cusp of a title shot. He’s won eight straight fights and appears ready to get over the hump. The Assyrian-American has long been a contender but went through a few bumps in his career.

He went through a two-year winless streak (0-2-1) and typically struggled against other contenders. But that hasn’t been the case recently as he soundly defeated Tony Ferguson and Mateusz Gamrot, the latter as a 2-1 underdog. If Dariush has any “flaws”, it could be that he has a tendency to enter “danger zones”.

Because he’s a sharp kickboxer, Dariush will trade with other strikers. And because he’s a three-time World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu champion, he is more than willing to engage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players on the mat. Should he try to capture UFC news by finishing Oliveira, Dariush is gambling a high-risk high-reward scenario. But it might just pay off.

Oliveira vs Dariush Head-to-Head

Oliveira and Dariush are around the same and build. Dariush is a few months older while Oliveira has a two-inch reach advantage. They’re both 5-foot-10. A key difference here is in their stance: Dariush is a southpaw while Oliveira is an orthodox striker.

Oliveira vs Dariush Fight Information

  • Fighters: Oliveira (33-9-0) vs Dariush (22-4-1)
  • Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • Day/Time: Saturday, June 10, 10 p.m. ET
  • Oliveira vs Dariush Live stream: UFC Fight Pass

Oliveira vs Dariush Betting Lines

Oliveira vs Dariush Picks and Prediction

This fight has the makings of a Fight of the Night if it goes long enough. But either way, the best UFC bet here could be that this fight does not go to a decision. Both Oliveira and Dariush are hittable and offensively oriented. That means they are going to finish the other or get finished trying. Thus, bet online on this one to go under 2½ rounds and keep your eyes glued to the screen.

Dariush is listed at -150 in our UFC lines. This means that if you wager $100, you have a chance to win $67. Oliveira is +120, offering a chance to win $120 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Dariush a 60.00% chance to win, with Oliveira at 45.45%.

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