Beneil Dariush

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Beneil Dariush
BornBeneil Dariush
(1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 29)
Urmia, Iran[1]
ResidenceYorba Linda, California, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach72 in (183 cm)[3]
StyleBJJ, Muay Thai
Fighting out ofHuntington Beach, California, United States
TeamKings MMA
TrainerRafael Cordeiro
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rômulo Barral[1] and Bruno "Mamute" Paulista[4]
Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro[1]
Years active2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision6
By knockout3
By submission1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Beneil Khobier Dariush (Classical Syriac: ܒܢܐܝܠ ܕܪܝܘܫ‎, Persian: بن‌ایل داریوش‎; born May 6, 1989) is an Iranian-born Assyrian-American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Dariush was born and raised on a small farm in Iran until the age of nine when he moved to the United States. Dariush played soccer in high school and then began wrestling his senior year.[5]

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] 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.[6] However, High was forced out of the bout with appendicitis and was replaced by returning veteran Charlie Brenneman.[7] 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.[8][9]

Dariush was expected to face Tony Martin on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[10] After the event was cancelled, the bout was rescheduled for August 23 at UFC Fight Night 49.[11] Dariush won via submission in the second round.[12]

Dariush made his PPV debut at UFC 179 on October 25, 2014, defeating the undefeated Carlos Diego Ferreira by unanimous decision.[13]

Dariush submitted Daron Cruickshank in the second round on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185, winning his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[14] The bout took place at a catchweight of 157 lbs. as Cruickshank was unable to make the lightweight limit.[15][16]

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

Dariush next faced Michael Johnson on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[19] Dariush won the fight via controversial split decision.[20] Every mainstream MMA media outlet scored the fight as a decision victory for Johnson.[21]

Dariush was expected to face Mairbek Taisumov on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[22] However, Dariush pulled out of the fight in early December citing injury and was replaced by Chris Wade.[23]

Dariush faced Michael Chiesa on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[24] Dariush lost the fight via submission in the second round.[25]

Dariush next faced James Vick on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199, replacing an injured Evan Dunham.[26] Dariush won the fight via KO in the first round.[27]

Dariush faced Rashid Magomedov on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.,[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Dariush faced Edson Barboza on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[30] He lost the fight via KO due to a flying knee in the second round.[31]

Dariush fought Evan Dunham on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216.[32] The fight ended in a majority draw, with one judge scoring the bout for Dariush.[33]

Dariush was expected to face Bobby Green on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[34] However, on February 14, 2018, it was announced that Green was forced to pull out from the event, citing injury.[35] Green was replaced by Alexander Hernandez.[36] Dariush lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[37]

Dariush was expected to face Chris Gruetzemacher on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139.[38] However, on October 18, 2018, it was reported that Gruetzemacher withdrew from the event and he is replaced by newcomer Thiago Moisés.[39] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[40]

Dariush faced Drew Dober on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146.[41] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[42] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[43]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Respect in the Cage
    • RITC Lightweight Championship (One time)
    • One successful title defense

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–4–1 Drew Dober Submission (triangle armbar) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 2 4:41 Wichita, Kansas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 15–4–1 Thiago Moisés Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez November 10, 2018 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 14–4–1 Alexander Hernandez KO (punch) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 1 0:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 14–3–1 Evan Dunham Draw (majority) UFC 216 October 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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]


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  2. ^ "Beneil Dariush (@beneildariush) on Instagram". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  3. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 185 Pettis vs. Dos Anjos". Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Beneil Darisuh". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
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  6. ^ Staff (2013-12-20). "Jason High announces he's fighting newcomer Baneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 35". Retrieved 2013-12-20.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Staff (2013-01-02). "Jason High out of UFC Fight Night 35, Charlie Brenneman returns to meet Beneil Dariush". Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  8. ^ Dana Becker (2014-02-25). "UFC Fight Night 39 receives several new bouts, including Co-Main Event". Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  9. ^ Dana Becker (2014-04-12). "Ramsey Nijem deals Beneil Dariush his first pro defeat at Fight Night Abu Dhabi". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  10. ^ Staff (2014-06-19). "Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin slated for UFC 176 in Los Angeles". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  11. ^ Andrew Ravens (2014-07-09). "Two UFC 176 Cancelled Fight's Moved To UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  12. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-08-23). "UFC Fight Night 49 results: Beneil Dariush taps out a tiring Tony Martin". Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  13. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-10-25). "Beneil Dariush dominates previously undefeated Diego Ferreira in decision". Retrieved 2014-10-25.
  14. ^ Staff (2015-01-15). "Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush lightweight bout added to UFC 185 in Dallas". Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-03-14). "UFC 185 results, photos: Kick-happy Beneil Dariush chokes out Daron Cruickshank". Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  16. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2015-03-15). "UFC 185 Bonuses: Dos Anjos, Jedrzejczyk, Pearson, Dariush earn $50K awards". Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  17. ^ Staff (2015-03-27). "Beneil Dariush in for injured Paul Felder vs. Jim Miller at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark".
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-04-18). "UFC on FOX 15 results: Beneil Dariush outworks Jim Miller for decision victory". Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  19. ^ Staff (2015-06-05). "Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush slated for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville". Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-08-09). "UFC Fight Night 73 results: Beneil Dariush tops Michael Johnson by split decision". Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  21. ^ Staff (2015-08-08). "Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush". Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  22. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-11-14). "Beneil Dariush vs. Mairbek Taisumov set for UFC Fight Night in Boston". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  23. ^ Staff (2015-12-04). "Beneil Dariush out, Chris Wade meets Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night 81". Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  24. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-01-27). "Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush in the works for UFC on FOX 19". Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  25. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Michael Chiesa taps Beneil Dariush in second round". Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  26. ^ Ariel Helwani (2016-05-05). "James Vick vs. Beneil Dariush targeted for UFC 199". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  27. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-06-04). "UFC 199 results: Beneil Dariush drops James Vick with thunderous punch for first-round KO". Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  28. ^ Mookie Alexander (2016-08-03). "Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov in the works for TUF Latin America 3 Finale". Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  29. ^ Damon Martin (2016-11-05). "Beneil Dariush stops Rashid Magomedov's 12-fight win streak". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ 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.
  32. ^ Mike Sloan (2017-08-02). "UFC 216 bolstered with several bouts". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
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  37. ^ "UFC 222 results: Alexander Hernandez KOs Beneil Dariush in big way – after sneaky opening". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  38. ^ Staff (2018-09-19). "Beneil Dariush vs. Chris Gruetzemacher targeted for UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  39. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-10-19). "Thiago Moises pakt short notice partij tegen Beneil Dariush tijdens UFC Denver". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  40. ^ Drahota, Mike (2018-11-11). "Beneil Dariush Dominates Thiago Moises In Smothering Victory". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  41. ^ DNA, MMA. "Beneil Dariush treft Drew Dober tijdens UFC Wichita in Maart 2019". Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  42. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-03-09). "Highlights! Dariush Scores Comeback Submission Finish At UFC Wichita". Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  43. ^ Pearson, Andrew (2019-03-09). "UFC Fight Night 146 results: Junior dos Santos finishes Derrick Lewis in back-and-forth battle". Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  44. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2015-03-15). "UFC 185 Bonuses: Dos Anjos, Jedrzejczyk, Pearson, Dariush earn $50K awards". Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  45. ^ Pearson, Andrew (2019-03-09). "UFC Fight Night 146 results: Junior dos Santos finishes Derrick Lewis in back-and-forth battle". Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  46. ^ "Beneil Dariush MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

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