May 6, 1989
|Residence||Yorba Linda, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Rank|| Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rômulo Barral and Bruno "Mamute" Paulista |
Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Beneil Khobier Dariush (born May 6, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of May 17, 2021, he is #3 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Dariush was born and raised on a farm in Iran until the age of nine when he moved with his parents to America, where he had a large extended family. They did not speak English and Beneil and his sister Beraeil Dariush spent most of the time playing with their cousins.
Dariush also is an avid supporter of the foundation ColorsForKindness which helps youth battle mental illness and depression by using their artistic creativity to express themselves. He is of Assyrian heritage.
Mixed martial arts career
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. 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
In January 2014, Dariush made his UFC debut on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35. He was scheduled to face Jason High. However, High was forced out of the bout with appendicitis and was replaced by returning veteran Charlie Brenneman. Dariush won the fight via submission in the first round.
Dariush was expected to face Tony Martin on August 2, 2014 at UFC 174. After the event was cancelled, the bout was rescheduled for August 23 at UFC Fight Night 49. Dariush won via submission in the second round.
Dariush submitted Daron Cruickshank in the second round on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185, winning his first Performance of the Night bonus award. The bout took place at a catchweight of 157 lbs. as Cruickshank was unable to make the lightweight limit.
Dariush next faced Michael Johnson on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73. Dariush won the fight via controversial split decision. Every mainstream MMA media outlet scored the fight as a decision victory for Johnson.
Dariush was expected to face Mairbek Taisumov on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81. However, Dariush pulled out of the fight in early December citing injury and was replaced by Chris Wade.
Dariush was expected to face Bobby Green on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222. However, on February 14, 2018, it was announced that Green was forced to pull out from the event, citing injury. Green was replaced by Alexander Hernandez. Dariush lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Dariush was expected to face Chris Gruetzemacher on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139. However, on October 18, 2018, it was reported that Gruetzemacher withdrew from the event and he is replaced by newcomer Thiago Moisés. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Dariush was expected to face Drakkar Klose on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155. However on July 7 Dariush pulled out of the fight with an injury. As a result, UFC officials opted to remove Klose from the card and he is expected to be scheduled for a future event instead.
Dariush next faced Drakkar Klose on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248, a rescheduling of the bout that was canceled in July 2019. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. This win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.
Dariush was scheduled to meet Charles Oliveira on October 4, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana However, Oliveira pulled out of the fight in early September for undisclosed reasons. Dariush was removed from the card and will be rescheduled for a future event.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Respect in the Cage
- RITC Lightweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu
- World No Gi Champion (2010 brown, 2009 purple absolute, 2008 blue)
- World No Gi Championship (2010 brown absolute)
- Pan American Championship (2009 blue)
- World Championship 2nd Place (2012 brown, 2010 purple, 2009 blue)
- Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2010 brown weight & absolute)
- World Championship 3rd Place (2009 blue absolute)
- World No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2009 purple)
- Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2011 brown)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||21 wins||4 losses|
|Win||21–4–1||Tony Ferguson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 262||May 15, 2021||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||20–4–1||Carlos Diego Ferreira||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov||February 6, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||19–4–1||Scott Holtzman||KO (spinning back fist)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik||August 8, 2020||1||4:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (158 lb) bout; Dariush missed weight.|
|Win||18–4–1||Drakkar Klose||KO (punch)||UFC 248||March 7, 2020||2||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||17–4–1||Frank Camacho||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren||October 26, 2019||1||2:02||Kallang, Singapore||Performance of the Night.|
|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 lb) bout; 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||Anthony Rocco 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|
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