Dana White admits Arman Tsarukyan’s win at UFC Austin “threw a wrench” into the lightweight title picture

By Chris Taylor - December 3, 2023

UFC CEO Dana White believes Arman Tsarukyan’s knockout win at UFC Austin “threw a wrench” into the lightweight title picture.

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Tsarukyan (21-3 MMA) squared off with perennial 155lbs contender Beneil Dariush (22-6-1 MMA) in the headliner of last night’s Fight Night event in Texas.

The result was a 64-second knockout victory for ‘Akhalkalakets’, who put Dariush to sleep with a sensational knee to punch combination (see that here).

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The highlight reel finish marked Tsarukyan’s third win in a row, as he had previously defeated Joaquim Silva by TKO and Damir Ismagulov by decision. The Armenian standout has now gone 8-1 since dropping a decision to Islam Makhachev in a fight that he took on short notice in 2019.

Given his spectacular performance last night, UFC CEO Dana White admits that a wrench has been thrown into the lightweight title picture.

“It does [throw a wrench into things]. I mean, you definitely have to look at how he looked tonight. And I don’t know, we’ll see what happens,” White told the media during the UFC Austin post-fight press conference (h/t MMAMania).

Dana White went on to say that he believes a rematch between Arman Tsarukyan and Islam Makhachev would do huge numbers, especially in the Middle East.

“[The fight will be] Big. Yeah, it’s a great stylistic matchup. That’s a great fight.”

White had previously stated that the UFC would be booking a rematch between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev next. However, it appears Tsarukyan’s latest win has the promotion reconsidering their options.

Arman has gone 8-2 over his ten career Octagon appearances, with his only two losses coming by way of decision. Those setbacks came against Mateusz Gamrot and Islam Makhachev respectively.

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