Beneil Dariush

Iran

Fighting Klose in Sacramento
LightweightUFC
May 14, 2019
Dariush will meet Drakkar Klose in a lightweight battle at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
ANALYSIS
Dariush has won his past two fights, most recently defeated Drew Dober via second-round submission and taking home a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. Klose has also been on a run of late, winning four of his first five UFC fights (all by decision), including recent victories against Lando Vannata and Bobby Green. When the Octagon door closes, Dariush will have slight height and reach advantages, in addition to better numbers in both striking volume and striking differential. Dariush is also the far more seasoned fighter in terms of both overall fight count and UFC experience.
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Works for submission win over Drew Dober
LightweightUFC
March 9, 2019
Dariush defeated Drew Dober via submission (armbar) at 4:41 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
ANALYSIS
Traditionally known as a slow starter, Dober's high-paced first round forced Dariush to immediately pick up the pace. He ate a few more shots in Round than he would have preferred, but Dariush did an excellent job of regaining the momentum in Round 2. A double leg takedown got Dober to the mat and Dariush worked through multiple submission attempts before securing the armbar that ended the bout. Dariush has been one of the UFC's most underrated fighters over the past several years. While he has struggled to win big fights, he has showed well far more often than not during his time with the company. He figures to get another opportunity or two against top-flight competition before all is said and done.
Returning to Octagon at UFC Wichita
LightweightUFC
March 5, 2019
Dariush (15-4-1) is slated to face Drew Dober (20-8-0) on Saturday at UFC Wichita, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dariush rolled to an 8-2-0 record over his first 10 UFC fights to climb up the lightweight rankings before hitting a wall in his past two bouts. The Iranian-born fighter then suffered back-to-back knockout losses to Evan Dunham and Alexander Hernandez, the latter of which left him contemplating retirement. Dariush seemed to be back in form in his return to the Octagon in November -- when he defeated Thiago Moises via unanimous decision -- and will now look to slow the momentum of Dober, who is riding a three-fight winning streak.
Controls overmatched Thiago Moises Saturday in Denver
LightweightUFC
November 10, 2018
Dariush defeated Thiago Moises via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
ANALYSIS
Dariush has been known to mix in a stinker here and there, but he showed up ready to go for this one. He landed four-of-eight takedowns en route to 12:55 worth of control time and an insane 113-20 edge in total strikes landed. It was total domination from bell to bell. Dariush tends to fight too passively at times and he has struggled with consistency over the years, but he remains one of the better lightweights on the UFC roster. Saturday was Dariush's first win (0-2-1) in his last four fights.
Stunned by Alex Hernandez at UFC 222
LightweightUFC
March 3, 2018
Dariush lost to Alex Hernandez via KO (punch) at 0:42 of Round 1 at UFC 222 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Facing an unknown 25-year-old making his company debut on a week's notice, Dariush was knocked silly in under a minute. Who would have guessed that Hernandez would have given Dariush more trouble than his originally scheduled opponent Bobby Green? The loss is crushing for Dariush in terms of the rankings. The Kings MMA product is now winless in his last three fights (0-2, 1NC) and finds himself miles away from the title picture in the UFC's uber-deep lightweight division.
Finds new opponent for UFC 222
LightweightUFC
February 24, 2018
Dariush will face Alex Hernandez in a lightweight bout at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dariush was originally scheduled to face Bobby Green before an undisclosed injury forced Green to withdraw. The 28-year-old will now take on UFC newcomer Alex Hernandez, who is 8-1 in professional fights. Dariush, who is 14-3-1 overall as a professional, will be looking to get back in the win column after coming away with a draw and a loss in his previous two fights.