Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 11, 2023

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Charles Oliveira made history with his first-round TKO of Beneil Dariush at UFC 289 on Saturday.

The Brazilian earned a Performance of the Night bonus along with Mike Malott and Steve Erceg. MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew noted his 19 career post-fight bonuses are the most ever for a UFC fighter.

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Charles Oliveira received his 19th post-fight bonus, a new UFC record 👏

SHOW HIM THE MONEY 💵 #UFC289 pic.twitter.com/f9gVqP2wRw

Oliveira landed more than twice as many signature strikes (26) as Dariush (12), and all but three of those targeted his opponent’s head. He opened the fight by connecting on a head kick, and that set the tone for the brief encounter.

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CHARLES OLIVEIRA’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!@CharlesDoBronxs stops Beneil Dariush in the first at #UFC289! pic.twitter.com/OWMWlddKWL

It was an emphatic statement from the 33-year-old coming off his second-round submission defeat to Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 last October. Makhachev tried to rain on his parade a little bit on social media.

Makhachev Islam @MAKHACHEVMMA

Congrats Charles.
But still there’s levels in this game 😎

A rematch may not be too long in the offing.

Oliveira entered Saturday night as the No. 1-ranked challenger in the lightweight division, and UFC president Dana White already tipped his hand as to Makhachev’s next title defense. He said he’s intrigued by the idea of a return bout with Oliveira but stopped short of confirming the matchup.

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Dana White says he’s “excited” for Charles Oliveira to rematch Islam Makhachev 👀 #UFC289

“Let’s not play games, that fight makes sense, that’s the fight that should happen, and I’m excited to see it again.” pic.twitter.com/7sxTBAPjIn

On that occasion, Oliveira would probably be happy to bypass a 20th post-fight bonus if it meant regaining the lightweight title.

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