Beneil Dariush

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Beneil Dariush
Born (1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 28)
Gol Tappeh, Hamadan, Iran[1]
Other names Benny
Residence Yorba Linda, California, United States
Nationality Iranian[1]
Ethnicity Assyrian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)[3]
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California
Team Kings MMA
Trainer Rafael Cordeiro
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bruno “Mamute” Paulista and Rômulo Barral[1]
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 14
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 5
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By submission 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Beneil Dariush (Syriac: ܒܢܐܝܠ ܕܪܝܘܫPersian: بن‌ایل داریوش‎‎, born May 6, 1989) is an Iranian-American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of March 19, 2017, he is #10 in official UFC lightweight rankings.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dariush began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2007, earning his black belt in just five years. He was a highly decorated competitor, becoming a no gi world champion as a blue, purple and brown belt.[1] Dariush made his professional MMA debut in November 2009. During the first three and a half years of his career, he went undefeated with six wins and no losses. He finished all but one of those wins.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2014, Dariush made his UFC debut on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35. He was scheduled to face Jason High.[5] However, High was forced out of the bout with appendicitis and was replaced by returning veteran Charlie Brenneman.[6] Dariush won the fight via submission in the first round.

Dariush returned three months later, losing to Ramsey Nijem by first round TKO on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[7][8]

Dariush was expected to face Tony Martin on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[9] After the event was cancelled, the bout was rescheduled for August 23 at UFC Fight Night 49.[10] Dariush won via submission in the second round.[11]

Dariush made his PPV debut at UFC 179 on October 25, 2014, defeating the undefeated Carlos Diego Ferreira by unanimous decision.[12]

Dariush submitted Daron Cruickshank in the second round on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185, winning his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[13] The bout took place at a catchweight of 157 lbs. as Cruickshank was unable to make the lightweight limit.[14][15]

Dariush replaced an injured Paul Felder and decisioned Jim Miller on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[16][17]

Dariush next faced Michael Johnson on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[18] Dariush won the fight via controversial split decision.[19] Every mainstream MMA media outlet scored the fight as a decision victory for Johnson.[20]

Dariush was expected to face Mairbek Taisumov on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[21] However, Dariush pulled out of the fight in early December citing injury and was replaced by Chris Wade.[22]

Dariush faced Michael Chiesa on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[23] Dariush lost the fight via submission in the second round.[24]

Dariush next faced James Vick on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199, replacing an injured Evan Dunham.[25] Dariush won the fight via KO in the first round.[26]

Dariush faced Rashid Magomedov on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.,[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Dariush faced Edson Barboza on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[29] He lost the fight via KO due to a flying knee in the second round.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–3 Edson Barboza KO (flying knee) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 2 3:35 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 14–2 Rashid Magomedov Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson November 5, 2016 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 13–2 James Vick KO (punch) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 1 4:16 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 12–2 Michael Chiesa Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 2 1:20 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 12–1 Michael Johnson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 11–1 Jim Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–1 Daron Cruickshank Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 2 2:48 Dallas, Texas, United States Catchweight (157 lbs); Cruickshank missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Win 9–1 Carlos Diego Ferreira Decision (unanimous) UFC 179 October 25, 2014 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–1 Tony Martin Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos August 23, 2014 2 3:38 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 7–1 Ramsey Nijem TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson April 11, 2014 1 4:20 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 7–0 Charlie Brenneman Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 14, 2014 1 1:45 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 6–0 Jason Meaders KO (punch) Respect in the Cage May 4, 2013 2 4:03 Pomona, California, United States Defended the RITC Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Trace Gray Submission (armbar) Respect in the Cage January 19, 2013 1 0:36 Pomona, California, United States Won the RITC Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Gilberto dos Santos TKO (doctor stoppage) High Fight Rock 2 October 27, 2012 1 4:03 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 3–0 Dominic Gutierrez Submission (rear-naked choke) Samurai Pro Sports October 21, 2011 1 1:16 Culver City, California, United States
Win 2–0 Vance Bejarano Submission (rear-naked choke) Respect in the Cage October 9, 2010 1 N/A Pomona, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jordan Betts Decision (split) Respect in the Cage 2 November 20, 2009 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Beneil Dariush - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Beneil Dariush (@beneildariush) on Instagram". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 185 Pettis vs. Dos Anjos". Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ Staff (2013-12-20). "Jason High announces he’s fighting newcomer Baneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 35". Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  6. ^ Staff (2013-01-02). "Jason High out of UFC Fight Night 35, Charlie Brenneman returns to meet Beneil Dariush". Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  7. ^ Dana Becker (2014-02-25). "UFC Fight Night 39 receives several new bouts, including Co-Main Event". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  8. ^ Dana Becker (2014-04-12). "Ramsey Nijem deals Beneil Dariush his first pro defeat at Fight Night Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  9. ^ Staff (2014-06-19). "Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin slated for UFC 176 in Los Angeles". Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  10. ^ Andrew Ravens (2014-07-09). "Two UFC 176 Cancelled Fight’s Moved To UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  11. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-08-23). "UFC Fight Night 49 results: Beneil Dariush taps out a tiring Tony Martin". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  12. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-10-25). "Beneil Dariush dominates previously undefeated Diego Ferreira in decision". Retrieved 2014-10-25. 
  13. ^ Staff (2015-01-15). "Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush lightweight bout added to UFC 185 in Dallas". Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-03-14). "UFC 185 results, photos: Kick-happy Beneil Dariush chokes out Daron Cruickshank". Retrieved 2015-03-14. 
  15. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2015-03-15). "UFC 185 Bonuses: Dos Anjos, Jedrzejczyk, Pearson, Dariush earn $50K awards". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  16. ^ Staff (2015-03-27). "Beneil Dariush in for injured Paul Felder vs. Jim Miller at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark". 
  17. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-04-18). "UFC on FOX 15 results: Beneil Dariush outworks Jim Miller for decision victory". Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  18. ^ Staff (2015-06-05). "Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush slated for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville". Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  19. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-08-09). "UFC Fight Night 73 results: Beneil Dariush tops Michael Johnson by split decision". Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  20. ^ Staff (2015-08-08). "Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush". Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-11-14). "Beneil Dariush vs. Mairbek Taisumov set for UFC Fight Night in Boston". Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  22. ^ Staff (2015-12-04). "Beneil Dariush out, Chris Wade meets Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night 81". Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  23. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-01-27). "Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush in the works for UFC on FOX 19". Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  24. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Michael Chiesa taps Beneil Dariush in second round". Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  25. ^ Ariel Helwani (2016-05-05). "James Vick vs. Beneil Dariush targeted for UFC 199". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  26. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-06-04). "UFC 199 results: Beneil Dariush drops James Vick with thunderous punch for first-round KO". Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  27. ^ Mookie Alexander (2016-08-03). "Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov in the works for TUF Latin America 3 Finale". Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  28. ^ Damon Martin (2016-11-05). "Beneil Dariush stops Rashid Magomedov's 12-fight win streak". Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  29. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-12-14). "Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush set for UFC Fight Night 107". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  30. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-03-12). "UFC Fight Night 106 results: Edson Barboza turns out Beneil Dariush's lights with sickening knee". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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