Extensive win streaks at lightweight will be put on the line in a UFC main event next year. The promotion has paired up Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev for their February 26th headliner, per a report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
The fight joins a card that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Makhachev will be searching for his 10th consecutive victory in MMA. He has been on a streak of wins since 2016, with five of them coming via stoppage.
Makhachev won his first main event UFC bout in July, submitting Thiago Moises in the fourth round of a fight via rear naked choke. He has picked up one more win since then, securing a first-round kimura submission against Dan Hooker last month.
Dariush has strung together a seven-fight winning streak since 2018. He picked up two victories this year, securing a split decision win against Diego Ferreira then defeating former interim title challenger Tony Ferguson in May.
The February booking is set to be Dariush’s first main event fight since joining the UFC in 2014.
The sole other bout reported for UFC’s February 26th event currently is a strawweight matchup between Jinh Yu Frey and Hannah Goldy.