Beneil Dariush


Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/4/2020
To have knee injury examined
March 9, 2020
Dariush is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending clearance of a right knee injury, Damon Martin of reports.
Dariush was able to secure a stoppage Saturday following several violent exchanges, but he didn't emerge from this matchup completely unscathed. He showed a tremendous amount of leg strength while riding the back of Klose for the entirety of the first round and still having enough energy left to stand and trade in the second. He'll be sidelined until Sept. 4 unless cleared earlier by an orthopedic doctor.
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Scores huge KO win at UFC 248
March 7, 2020
Dariush defeated Drakkar Klose via KO (punch) at 1:00 of Round 2 at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's Dariush's fourth-straight win and will result in his third-straight $50,000 post-fight bonus. It didn't come easy. Dariush was in all sorts of trouble before Klose gave him an opening to get back into the fight. Dariush was getting the worst of a prolonged striking exchange between the two and seemed to be in all sorts of trouble before Klose got overly aggressive and allowed Dariush to land a massive sweeping hook that turned his lights out. It was his first knockout win in nearly four years and just the fourth of his long professional career. Watching Dariush fight isn't a visually pleasing experience more often than not but he generally gets the job done. He somehow figures out a way to win and that's a unique trait that not all fighters on the UFC roster possess. Klose is a perfect example of that.
Added to UFC 248 card
December 21, 2019
Dariush (17-4-1) will take on Drakkar Klose (11-1-1) in a lightweight bout at UFC 248 on March 7, reports.
The pair was scheduled to face off at UFC Sacramento in July, but Dariush was forced to withdraw from the fight for an undisclosed reason. Dariush has won five of his first six UFC matchups, most recently defeating Frank Camacho via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Singapore in October, a fight that earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. Klose is coming off a victory against Christos Giagos via unanimous decision at UFC 241 in August. Dariush carries advantages in height and reach, as well as striking volume and striking differential. The two fighters are nearly even in offensive wrestling metrics, but Dariush has a better takedown defense and a much more impressive resume heading into the fight.
Looks utterly dominant
October 27, 2019
Dariush defeated Frank Camacho via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:02 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
When facing fighters at this level, Dariush is going to look unstoppable. That is exactly what happened here. Camacho had no answers for the ground game of his opponent. Dariush scored an early takedown after setting the tone with his striking, moved into position and then finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. It was the fastest submission finish of his career since his UFC debut in 2014, and will earn him $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Booked for Singapore
September 4, 2019
Dariush (undisclosed) will go up against Frank Camacho at UFC Singapore on October 26, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
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.
Withdraws from fight in Sacramento
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.
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.