Beneil Dariush

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Beneil Dariush
Born (1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 29)
Urmia, Iran[1]
Nickname(s) Benny
Residence Yorba Linda, California, United States
Nationality Iranian[1]
Ethnicity Assyrian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 72 in (183 cm)[3]
Style BJJ, Muay Thai
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California, United States
Team Kings MMA
Trainer Rafael Cordeiro
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bruno “Mamute” Paulista and Rômulo Barral[1]
Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro[1]
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 14
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 5
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By submission 1
Draws 1
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. As of July 7, 2017, he is #12 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] . 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]

Dariush fought Evan Dunham on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216.[31] The fight ended in a majority draw, with one judge scoring the bout for Dariush.[32]

Dariush was expected to face Bobby Green on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[33] However, on February 14, 2018, it was announced that Green was forced to pull out from the event, citing injury.[34] Green was replaced by Alexander Hernandez.[35] Dariush lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[36]

Dariush is expected to face Chris Gruetzemacher on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139.[37]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–4–1 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]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "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. [permanent dead link]
  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. 
  31. ^ Mike Sloan (2017-08-02). "UFC 216 bolstered with several bouts". Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  32. ^ "UFC 216 results: Beneil Dariush strong early, but Evan Dunham rallies to force majority draw". MMAjunkie. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  33. ^ Brian Martin (2018-02-01). "Beneil Dariush vs. Bobby Green set for UFC 222". Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  34. ^ "Bobby Green injured, out of UFC 222 fight with Beneil Dariush". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  35. ^ "Newcomer Hernandez replaces Green in UFC 222 bout". UFC. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  36. ^ "UFC 222 results: Alexander Hernandez KOs Beneil Dariush in big way – after sneaky opening". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  37. ^ Staff (2018-09-19). "Beneil Dariush vs. Chris Gruetzemacher targeted for UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver". Retrieved 2018-09-19. 

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