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UFC star admits concern over Conor McGregor ‘jumping queue’ for title shot

Beneil Dariush should be just one fight away from a shot at the winner of next month’s title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, but could be skipped by McGregor when he returns

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Conor McGregor: Who will he fight next?

UFC star Beneil Dariush is concerned Conor McGregor may ‘jump the queue’ and be given a title shot when he returns from injury next year.

The winner of Dariush’s February bout with Islam Makhachev is expected to be line a shot at the winner of next week’s lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.

But McGregor has continued to insist he will be fighting for a world title when he returns to the octagon next year after suffering a broken leg in July.

And Dariush has said that it is a legitimate concern for fighters in the division that McGregor could leapfrog more qualified fighters for a title fight next year, despite having just one win since 2016.

“Yes, it’s definitely a concern,” Dariush told ESPN. “I always make a joke about this but it’s true; Conor can make a highlight video of training hard and like, ‘Alright guys, title shot. Give the man a title shot’.

Beneil Dariush is concerned about losing his title shot to Conor McGregor
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“People will be saying ‘look what he is doing, look at the way he is hitting the bag, look at the way, I don’t know, he is pushing himself in the wheelchair.’

“I don’t know man, he can do whatever he wants and he will get a title shot.”

Dariush added that should it happen, it would be the first time since he signed with MMA’s No.1 promotion almost eight years ago that he was angry with them.

He is currently on a seven-fight win streak, which includes beating former interim champion Tony Ferguson, while Makhachev has won his last nine.

But promotional boss Dana White has previously indicated that he’s open to doing an unprecedented fourth bout between McGregor and Poirier when the Irishman returns.

This, Dariush says, would see him making demands of White for the first time in his career.

“It could happen but if it does happen, it’ll be the first time I’m upset with the UFC,” Dariush explained. “And I’m going to call Dana [White] personally and be like, ‘Listen buddy, you’re gonna triple my paycheque if we’re going do it this way.

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“Because if you’re going to insult me this way, at least you’re gonna show me respect with your pocketbook.'”

Khabib Nurmagomedov, the former lightweight champion who vacated the belt when he retired last year, is a close friend and cornerman of Makhachev’s.

And he has insisted that the winner of their fight in February will be the best lightweight in the world, with both men currently qualified for a world title bout.

The Russian also claimed during a recent interview that Makhachev has been given guarantees from the promotion that he will be getting a shot at the belt should he beat Dariush.

However, he was keen to point out that he is unsure if the offer will extend its way to the Iranian fighter should he pull of the win at the UFC Apex.

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