Beneil Dariush

Iran

Booked for Singapore
LightweightUFC
September 4, 2019
Dariush (undisclosed) will go up against Frank Camacho at UFC Singapore on October 26, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Daiush was last scheduled to take on Drakkar Klose at UFC on ESPN+ 13 back in July but was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. It appears he will be healthy come October, however, as he will be looking to earn his third straight victory in the octagon against Camacho.
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Withdraws from fight in Sacramento
LightweightUFC
July 7, 2019
Dariush was forced to withdraw from Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 13 due to an undisclosed injury, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear exactly what sort of injury Dariush is dealing with, but with it coming so close to fight time, he will be forced to pull out of the event. Despite the withdrawal coming on short notice, the UFC is still attempting to find a replacement for his opponent Drakkar Klose.
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.
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.