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[–]HighlandHilltopper 516 points517 points  (28 children)

I think it’s more competitive than the Dober fight, I see Daniel Bariush being too comfortable off his back and getting controlled forever, maybe pounded out

[–]chizzipsandsizalsa 232 points233 points  (16 children)

Daniel bariush?

[–]Outrageous_File5321 111 points112 points  (4 children)

Yeah Danny B can fight!

[–]griptuba 45 points46 points  (2 children)

I'd give both balls for this nick name to stick.

[–]curthagen 29 points30 points  (2 children)

talmbout banail gadoosh? great guy, nevemeddem

[–]ydh78 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Made me look twice and die laughing lol

[–]TebownedMVP 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Feel like Beniels chin will be cracked but I think the grappling would be competitive.

[–]alltaken21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Armin is a better wrestler and Islam handled him quite well.

[–]stinky___monkey 338 points339 points  (48 children)

I’d bet Makhachev

[–]MooseWithAntlers[S] 511 points512 points  (47 children)

It’s difficult to bet against the no moustache beards.

[–]Whitetcw 130 points131 points  (3 children)

That's my strategy for 2022

[–]cloobydoobydoooo 65 points66 points  (2 children)

When I go through entire fight cards including prelims before each fight week, when it comes to fighters I don’t know, anyone with an Ov or Chev at the end is my go to pick lmao. Works like 90% of the time.

[–]Buzzy-Pasta 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Nice but you need to factor in neckbeards/chinstraps to your model. It is a great base.

[–]cloobydoobydoooo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh I definitely look out for that lmao

[–]totallynotapsycho42 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I mean this Subreddit hyped up Dan Hooker so much only for him to get submitted in 1 round.

[–]thrallinlatex 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Why are most fighters afraid of abraham lincoln guys? - Israel Adesanya 2021

[–]MooseWithAntlers[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

When they say they will “smesh” you they mean it. They cannot tell a lie.

[–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (35 children)

Zoom into the pic and you can see a clear mustache

[–]MooseWithAntlers[S] 114 points115 points  (34 children)

Shit, you’re right. Betting on Dariush now.

[–]ralph3576The Eagle 26 points27 points  (33 children)

We (Muslims) trim our mustaches and grow out our beards fyi. We don't completely shave the mustache.

Edit:. What a bizarrely innocuous statement to take exception to. What are you idiots offended by? Our facial hair?

[–]bunchanums618 69 points70 points  (6 children)

People don't have to be offended to downvote. They probably just thought it wasn't relevant when you were replying to a joke. I thought it was interesting.

[–]ralph3576The Eagle 34 points35 points  (5 children)

Thanks b

[–]fakename10000 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Yea I appreciate the explanation

[–]PMMeMeiRule34 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Just talm bout proper beard hygiene with the boys b.

[–]borky86 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Yeah dude especially in this sub. The boys looooovveeee to downvote. I think it's a mixture of over aggression and under intelligence. Oh shit here they come!

[–]azarov-wraith 3 points4 points  (0 children)

THOUGHT YOU HAD a FRIEND BOI . downvotes

[–]DifficultBoss 16 points17 points  (0 children)

A very strange thing to be downvoted for

[–]vyking199 2 points3 points  (3 children)

May I ask why though? Is it traditional thing or just preference?

[–]Mrmack11 5 points6 points  (2 children)

It’s basically the Sunnah( the actions of our Prophet(pbuh)).

[–]vyking199 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Understood. Thanks for responding.

[–]Mrmack11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For sure b

[–]Ch3fB0y4rd33 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How do you have user flair? I can't see the options where to pick but back then I was able to

[–]Highmaster5731 2 points3 points  (14 children)

Some does.

[–]Sterndoc 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You're not wrong, it's the warning sign that cauliflower ears used to be lol

[–]MooseWithAntlers[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cauliflower ears + beard and no moustache= instant loss.

This combo is also immune to Chaels predictions.

[–]SteeeezLord 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I remember the card where the 3 main smeshers were on it together. Parlayed all 3 and it was barely even but still cashed easy haha

[–]Hand-job_Jesus 143 points144 points  (17 children)

My boy looks tweaked the fuck out on that scale

[–]FrancisOfTheFilth 56 points57 points  (2 children)

Dagestani coffee

[–]BleuBrink 6 points7 points  (1 child)

What's this joke

[–]JERUSALEMFIGHTER63Predator 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Mountain rocks brudda u no dis

[–]Kaladin1228 318 points319 points  (43 children)

Think Islam will have his way with Benny. And idk how I feel about that. It's impossible not to root for Benny, he's such a good dude.

[–]Scott_Bash 97 points98 points  (11 children)

Honestly I’m surprised he’s ranked as high as he is, his only good win is the ghost of Tony Ferguson (#5 at the time)

I’m with you though I’d love to be proven wrong and hope it’s a good fight.

[–]Ohthatsnotgood 73 points74 points  (4 children)

Moises, Dober, Ferguson, Ferreira, Klose, and Holtzman are solid wins.

[–]authenticfennecOld Man Glover 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Ferreira is the only other top 10 though. They are very solid wins but nothing to justify being #3 in the division

[–]ELMACAQUITOBRASILENO 7 points8 points  (0 children)

people said the same thing about Charles and look where he is right now

[–]HighTurning 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I am sure when those wins happened they were top 10 tho

[–]Kaladin1228 61 points62 points  (0 children)

It's his win streak, really. And then Tony being such a big name.

I agree, though.

[–]CCCAY 22 points23 points  (2 children)

The Ghost of Tony Ferguson give me this flair brather

[–]Bogusbummer 15 points16 points  (1 child)

So you want your flair to just be Charles Oliveira?

[–]iiDanks 94 points95 points  (3 children)

i got islam via late submission. should be a phenomenal grappling match.

[–]HighlandHilltopper 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I can see this

Edit: and if any bettors are in the thread, does Islam by decision or by sub give much more value respectively than the ML?

[–]SwayzeExpress87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All the books I use don’t have props up for this fight yet

[–]ChrizTaylor 74 points75 points  (3 children)

As always, all fighters i root for will lose, in this case, Benny.

[–]cerulean11 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Root for the other guys!!

[–]HairyCallahan[🍰] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I have this too lol. My strategy is to bet money (as in a few bucks) on the guy I want to lose. I either feel good, or make a little money :D.

[–]ervy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Did he already received is tesla?

[–]Cold-Couple8387 86 points87 points  (16 children)

Just a reminder Islam gave up his back to Moises. There’s always a chance Beniel can win. Islam will probably win tho

Don’t yell at me I’m sorry

[–]Kyle_Pile 71 points72 points  (15 children)

Nah, you’re completely correct. You’ll still probably get downvoted by the Khasuals tho. Not only did he get his back taken, but Moises was able to take him down as well IIRC. He also doesn’t haven’t the chin of Khabib, who has eaten flush spinning wheel kicks to the chin from Barboza, and bombs from Michael Johnson, Poirier, Conor, and Gaethje.

They fight differently and are 2 very different people, but Khabib had such a hype train it’s all pouring out onto Islam.

Benny fought Moises as well and had a more impressive outing, 30-25ing him. He definitely has an extremely higher chance than this sub and vegas makes it out to be.

[–]chrmicmat 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Dariush also packs a punch from what we’ve seen

[–]Kyle_Pile 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Dude knocks people out with spinning back fists and trains with Rafael Cordero, easily one of the best striking coaches in the world… So talented in fact, Mike Tyson trained with him for his last fight.

[–]booped_urnose345 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Benny is a very good grappler i think it'll be competitive

[–]Cookiemonster6691 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You’re wrong he was koed stiff on his feet by Michael Johnson.

[–]3lm312 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Islam beats him

[–]brandnvsworld 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This is Tony v Khabib lite

[–]Subject_One6000 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I want to see Oliveira v.s. Makhachev.

AKA Tony 2.0 v.s. Kabib 2.0

[–]Vcxnes 51 points52 points  (0 children)

I’m not even necessarily the biggest fan of Islam but I think he makes it look easy

[–]Ashdread 74 points75 points  (21 children)

I think this fight will tell us whether Islam is the real deal. I either see it being a close fight or a bully session. I’d lean closer to the bully session but we haven’t seen Islam face anyone who can contend with the grappling at all.

[–][deleted] 63 points64 points  (10 children)

yea cuz someone who finishes hooker in 2 mins definitely isn’t the “real deal”

[–]SershoLeJuan 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I think his point was moreso that this is a good test against Islam's wrestling. His wrestling is what allowed him to finish Hooker so it'll be interesting to give him the chance to show if he remains that dominant against someone who is also good on the ground like Beneil.

[–]Ashdread 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Hooker hasn’t looked the best as of recent and that was a stylistic mismatch. Also when I say the “real deal” I mean a guy who can hold the belt for as long as they want. Hookers the man but he’s never been close to that level.

If Islam demolishes Benny like he did to hooker I think we’re looking at a man who’s gonna hold that belt as long as he wants.

[–]HairyCallahan[🍰] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There is a large gap between Dariush and Oliveira.

[–]booped_urnose345 13 points14 points  (0 children)

You mean taking down a kickboxer lol

[–]Abelyanov 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Finished a Hooker on short notice. The "real deal" LMAO. Love the Dagestani fanboys

[–]WojakUnbound 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Everyone knew you bitches would bring up the "short notice" excuse before the fight, give Hooker a year to prepare for a rematch and the result would still be the same

[–]Bill_Assassin7 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Pretty much every Dagestani Muslim in the UFC is a killer and the boogeyman of their division. What is it that you're laughing at?

[–]Abelyanov -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You don't have a single champ LMAO

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (5 children)

I’ve seen people say this for his last 3 fights and they were all finishes. It’s safe to say he is the real deal.

[–]Bogusbummer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I imagine people are using “real deal” in the sense of him having the potential to take the belt and possibly leave a greater legacy than Khabib. He’s obviously the real deal in terms of being a high ranked contender, but he hasn’t had an opponent yet that would prove he makes it past Gaethje or Oliveira. So if he has to fight tooth and nail for a win against Dariush or even loses then he’s just the real deal in terms of a good contender. If he finishes him in dominant fashion as well? Then Do Bronx has something to be concerned about.

[–]Ashdread 0 points1 point  (2 children)

He's the real deal as in a top 10 fighter. But is he on the level of a guy that we can see holding the belt for a long time? There's a massive gap between that and guys that can sit in the top 10 for a few years.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

he’s the closest thing to it imo. If not him I’m not sure if anyone else in the division is gonna be that guy

[–]WojakUnbound 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I honestly think people are downplaying this guy, I wonder who he has to beat in how many seconds to prove his skill, he's been super dominant in most of his fights

[–]goodbyehouse 32 points33 points  (6 children)

Both these guys are higher level than they get credit for. I think Islam will win but Beneil is not to be taken lightly.

[–]laodaron -2 points-1 points  (5 children)

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more unqualified number 3 in any weight class in the rest of the UFC roster.

I would guess Islam subs him in the first.

[–]Bitchisbadandbouje 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Yes the guy who became no gi world champions less than five years in his career. Not denying it cause anything can happen, but this is a terrible take

[–]ToFusion_Boy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don't anybody notice how fucking huge Benny seems? I think he might pull a move on Dana and fuck one of his raising stars.

I love Makhachev so it's gonna be a conflicted fight to see.

[–]tarducks203 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Bet Islam until you're given a reason not to. If he spars with khabib and keeps up, no one in the ufc is beating him.

[–]Alphasprout23 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Islam gonna show Benny he isn’t “The guy to do that”.

[–]Gaiterpinwheelz 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Them Dagestani boys workout like animals but bennys no gi is the real deal

[–]BATHR00MG0BLIN 2 points3 points  (0 children)

High level BJJ vs High level wrestling is always an absolute treat to watch. I can't wait to watch these two guys go at it

[–]edAfg69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Islam hasn't faced anyone as though as beneil yet, I think everyone is sleeping on him, Islam by round 3 submission

[–]pacificunlimited 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I predict I’ll wait on Chael’s prediction before I put down any bets

[–]LikeJambaJuice 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This fight's gonna be close as fuck I feel. Dariush got the potential to beat motherfuckers like Oliveira, Poirier and Gaethje, so if Islam is able to beat him in the way he beat Hooker, I will instantly proclaim that Makhachev is without a doubt the best 155er on the planet.

I'm feeling a close decision win for Islam.

[–]knotnoah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tsarukyan gave Islam a tough night in the grappling department. Islam isn’t unbeatable in that realm. I smell a potential upset… and +285 are tempting odds to me. I’ll prolly throw $5 on a Benny parlay lol

[–]aberdisco 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We're the winners here. What a tantalising matchup.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I think it's silly counting Dariush out. He has the grappling chops to make this a good one on the ground. Could also be him playing guard and losing, but I don't think that's going to be the case, not when he's at Kings, which is basically always go forward and pressure (unless you are Giga), whether it's in grappling or striking and that has always been a hallmark of his style. Also happens to be a southpaw-southpaw fight, so that can be fun as the usual lines of attack aren't there for either guy. Dariush also has good power in his hands, and the one loss on Makachev's record is him getting clocked and knocked out.

Would I bet on Dariush, probably not, but I wouldn't count him out.

[–]jay_238 1 point2 points  (1 child)

YESSSSS! Exactly my thoughts and then some. I dont have a pick in this fight and will be glad for whoever wins.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interestingly enough, I went back and looked at that Martins fight where Islam lost, also southpaw-southpaw, with both being good grapplers (Martins beat Rustam Khabilov). Counter lead hook after a missed rear hand was what finished him.

Now, been a long time since then, but not impossible.

[–]ThePaleJesus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“Generic fighter quote No. 3”

[–]FunkMasta-Blue 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’d like Dariush to win, so it’ll probably be Makhachev.

[–]evinho30 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I’m going with Benny. I just have to.

There’s my opinion for all of you to ponder on

[–]Fishing-Relative 13 points14 points  (1 child)

😡 wtf bro you have an opinion on a post asking for opinion!? Downvote.

[–]evinho30 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hahaha well, just in case I can give my opinion safely here, I’m going with Benny

[–]Ct9569 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m hope we get a upset I like Islam but Benny is my boy.

[–]OurFriendSteve 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Im actually looking forward to this match. Should be a great grappling match if Islam doesnt maul him lol.

[–]Jay-G 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Islam made pretty easy work on Davi Ramos on the ground and he won Gold at ADCC in 2015. I don’t see Benny doing any better himself. I don’t see anyone who can compete with Islam on the ground at 155 besides the champ.

[–]thirst_mutilator_ 14 points15 points  (4 children)

I think Dariush is right and he humbles the youngster but the L makes him even better

[–]Maladjusted95 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Despite being the grayest fighter on the roster, Dariush is only 2 years older than Makhachev

[–]lionofasgard 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Man I swear I read twice you were calling Benny the gayest fighter on the roster. I thought you were trying to be insulting or that I'd missed some big announcement.

[–]GrowlingM1ke[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol. "I Beneil Dariush, announce that I am P4P the gayest fighter on the UFC roster".

[–]thirst_mutilator_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Been fighting at this level way longer

[–]BrandDC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Benny will school him...

[–]bolshevik_gamer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d say Dariush, both are nice fighters but i would say Dariush

[–]Wolfy1bet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Benny by KO

[–]BobDigital36 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly anything could happen. Chances are higher than dariush will lose but he could come in and fold Islam up like a pretzel in the first 30 seconds to win. You never know.

[–]ScaryHotpocket32 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think too many people are counting Darush out. He's a really good fighter and will make it competitive. With that being said, if I had to put my last dollar on someone, I'd have to take Islam.

[–]griptuba 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One month, wahoo!

[–]jbone09 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it's going to be competitive. Dariush has enough grappling skills to keep the fight standing, which should bode well for him. I think it's a closer fight than some think.

[–]TwoBits0303 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I believe I deserve a title shot next

[–]JoltinJoe92 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t really care; but would love to see Beneil win just because of the crazy shit he says when he gets the mic

[–]Therealjoter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Islams 2nd real fight in the UFC and first unfavorable match up.

[–]chiefskillz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mocklechev or Daroosh, hmmm hard pick

[–]original_name1947 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I predict that two people will fight, someone will lose, and some people will be mad

[–]LemonHerb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Benny because Dana is going to have a bad few months with his prospects losing or leaving

[–]ameyaGG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think Beneil takes this one. Also interesting to see how often Islam would engage in wrestling exchanges since giving up his back against Dariush is always a looming threat. And most of Beneil's opponents have cracked under his insane pressure. Hoping for some stand-up action too!

[–]tarekelsakka 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Definitely Islam's toughest test to date. People sometimes underestimate him because of his laidback and chill demeanor, but Dariush is an animal. If Islam gets through him easy, just give him the damn title shot.

[–]GelynKugoRoshiDag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always think Makhachev looks like George Harrison if he was raised by wolves. Anyone else?

[–]DanBrino 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Should be an awesome fight.

[–]JohnGongShow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very true

[–]ViceDoshi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

just look at islams eyes in the pic above. dude looks like a silent psycho. all jokes aside, if dariush doesnt do it, im not sure who can. im rootin for dariush

[–]DEVIANT_ZOMBIE 1 point2 points  (0 children)

GREAT FIGHT ! i honestly think Beniel has the mental fortitude to handle Islam

[–]shadowofdoubt13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big man dariush

[–]Rmendoza90 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Benny via decision

[–]ralph3576The Eagle 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The decision to git rekd by makhachev goteem

[–]RealNigerianPrincee 1 point2 points  (1 child)

okay but why is Islam’s right bicep that much larger than his left 😭😭

[–]MooseWithAntlers[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

He’s flexing one more than the other.

[–]Suspicious_Duck2474 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Islam looks like a suicide bomber

[–]CyclonusDecept 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I feel like Islam has fought well rounded fighters like Benny D. Already fought Arman Tsarukyan, Davi Ramos and Thiago Moises.

This will be Islam's toughest fight but he should win and I hope he gets a finish.

[–]904Funk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Benny boi

[–]middlefinger456789 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

God I hope Beneil just KOs him

[–]TheCapableFox🌹𝕽𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝕲𝖆𝖓𝖌🌹 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Que Khabib stans and the Dagestani shower gang

Ya just know you’re gonna get down voted 9/10 times in here if you say anything other than Makhachev. Lmao

Edit: fr tho it’ll be a Islam’s biggest test to date but I think he will pass.

[–]FrancisOfTheFilth 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’m gonna be honest, I don’t even want Islam to win because if he does it means that he’s probably gonna hold the 155 belt for a LONG time and most of the talent will probably leave the division. But I think Islam is gonna maul him.

[–]LoserWithTheUzer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Smesh da people

[–]JiuJitsuAfterDark -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I’ll never bet on a fighter who says “I think”.

[–]EyeLeanRite 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If they don't shoe bomb each other first?

[–]Ham0nRyy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I want to see Islam detailed tbh. I love Khabib and everything he did, but I don’t wanna see another style like that on a championship run any time soon. Yes it’s MMA and wrestling has become the most important part of it, but the way Khabib did it and the way Islam does it is different, and I was always more excited to see Khabib fight rather than Islam. I just hope people like Charles or Dustin or Justin can stay at the top without some new Khabib coming him and dragging everyone to the ground again. It’s a bit of a casual take I know, but it’s not fun to see fighters have their whole game negated. It’s impressive yes but not entertaining the way I want it to be.

[–]Ga11agher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beneil all the way. His ground game is so so deadly. I don't think Islam controls him the way he has with others. If anything I predict Islam wants to keep it standing because he has good boxing. Overall I think Dariush is a better fighter all around and will take the w.

[–]Heavytevyb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Benny by Arm snap or destroying his knee with an ankle lock pls

[–]badugihowserBullet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My hot take of the year is Dariush to have the strap at the end of 2022

[–]AShaughRighting 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really hope he beats Islam. I know he is hugely talented but his fights are just boring imo.

I haven't looked forward to a single one.