Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush are all set to lock horns at UFC 289 in Canada. This lightweight bout will be a co-main event at the pay-per-view along with the women’s bantamweight title between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña. Earlier the fight was scheduled for UFC 288 but Oliveira suffered an undisclosed injury that forced him off the May 6 card.

Hence the promotion rescheduled the matchup for UFC 289 on June 10 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.  UFC president Dana White officially confirmed this bout on a recent Instagram Live. For UFC 288 in Newark, N.J. White also announced a welterweight fight will take place as the co-main event between Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns.

Charles Oliveira spoke about how he suffered the injury while wrestling and was left with no chance but to pull out of the card. He also revealed that he had stopped training and hence was not ready for UFC 288.  “I wasn’t able to train, I got injured during wrestling practice,” Oliveira said in Portuguese while speaking to MMA Fighting. 

“I tried to train, I tried to do everything I could but we couldn’t, so we pulled out of the fight. [Fighting at UFC 288] would be great because I would be fighting on the same night of two teammates, ‘Willycat’ [Daniel Santos] and Rolando [Bedoya], but God knows all things. We’ll continue working and stay focused,” he further added.

UFC 289 full card:

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Peña – for women’s bantamweight title

Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush

Michel Pereira vs. Stephen Thompson

Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Miranda Maverick

Eryk Anders vs. Marc-Andre Barriault

Diana Belbita vs. Maria Oliveira

Blake Bilder vs. Kyle Nelson

David Dvorak vs. Matt Schnell

Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr

Lucas Almeida vs. Hakeem Dawodu

Aori Qileng vs. Aiemann Zahabi