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Beneil Dariush

Lightweight Division

21-4-1 (W-L-D)

7

Fight Win Streak

5

Wins by Knockout

8

Wins by Submission

Beneil Dariush

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Learn more about Beneil Dariush's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Hometown
United States
Trains at
Kings MMA - Huntington Beach, CA
Fighting style
MMA
Age
33
Height
70.00
Weight
156.00
Octagon Debut
Jan. 15, 2014
Reach
72.00
Leg reach
40.50

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2009
     
  • Eight wins by submission (1 arm triangle, 5 RNC, 1 armbar, 1 triangle armbar), five by
    KO
     
  • Has finished 13 of his last 20 wins
     
  • Eight first round finishes
     
  • Has won 14 of his last 18 (14-3-1) and seven in a row

 

UFC History

UFC 262 (5/15/21) Dariush won a three round unanimous decision over Tony Ferguson
UFC Fight Night (2/6/21) Dariush won a three round split decision over Diego Ferreira
UFC Fight Night (8/8/20) Dariush knocked out Scott Holtzman at 4:38 of the first round
UFC 248 (3/7/20) Dariush knocked out Drakkar Klose at 1:00 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (10/26/19) Dariush submitted Frank Camacho via rear naked choke at 2:02 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (3/9/19) Dariush submitted Drew Dober via triangle armbar at 4:41 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (11/10/18) Dariush won a three round unanimous decision over Thiago Moises
UFC 222 (3/3/18) Dariush was knocked out by Alexander Hernandez at :42 of the first round
UFC 216 (10/7/17) Dariush fought to a three-round draw with Evan Dunham
UFC Fight Night (3/11/17) Dariush was knocked out by Edson Barboza at 3:35 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (11/5/16) Dariush won a three round unanimous decision over Rashid Magomedov
UFC 199 (6/4/16) Dariush knocked out James Vick at 4:16 of the first round
UFC on FOX (4/16/16) Dariush was submitted by Michael Chiesa via rear naked choke at 1:20 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (8/8/15) Dariush won a three round split decision over Michael Johnson
UFC on FOX (4/18/15) Dariush won a three round unanimous decision over Jim Miller
UFC 185 (3/14/15) Dariush submitted Daron Cruickshank via rear naked choke at 2:48 of the second round
UFC 179 (10/25/14) Dariush won a three round unanimous decision over Diego Ferreira
UFC Fight Night (8/23/14) Dariush submitted Tony Martin via arm triangle choke at 3:38 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (4/11/14) Dariush was stopped by Ramsey Nijem via strikes at 4:20 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (1/15/14) Dariush submitted Charlie Brenneman via rear naked choke at 1:45 of the first round

 

Q&A

TRAINING: : A normal day of training consists of two practices, and it can be striking, wrestling, conditioning, or BJJ. 
When and why did you start training for fighting? May 2007. I wanted to know what the hype for this thing called jiu-jitsu was all about.
What ranks and titles have you held? No gi World champ at blue, purple, and brown belt. Gi silver medalist at the Mundials as blue, purple, brown. Achieved black belt in five years and put my focus into MMA.
Do you have any heroes? "I admire, work, dedication, and competence" - Ayrton Senna. I respect any man who fits that description.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? One step closer to making my dreams come true
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I put college on hold. I got a call from the UFC.
What was your job before you started fighting? Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I have over 50 jiu-jitsu tournaments under my belt, and I’ve placed first, second, or third in every one of them.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ black belt under Romulo Barral and Muay Thai black belt under Rafael Cordeiro 
Favorite grappling technique: Not necessarily a technique, but I love feeling someone break under my pressure.
Favorite striking technique: Counters