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Beneil Dariush
Dariush in 2015
BornBeneil Dariush
(1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 32)
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]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofHuntington Beach, California, United States
TeamKings MMA
TrainerRafael Cordeiro
Rank  Black 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 knockout5
By submission8
By decision8
By knockout3
By submission1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Representing  United States
Brazilian jiu-jitsu
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Silver medal – second place 2012 California -82 kg (Brown)
Silver medal – second place 2010 California -82 kg (Purple)
Silver medal – second place 2009 California -82 kg (Blue)
Bronze medal – third place 2009 California Open (Blue)
World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 California -82 kg (Brown)
Silver medal – second place 2010 California Open (Brown)
Bronze medal – third place 2009 California -82 kg (Purple)
Gold medal – first place 2009 California Open (Purple)
Gold medal – first place 2008 California -82 kg (Blue)

Beneil Khobier Dariush[5] (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.[6]


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.[7]

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.[8][9]

Mixed martial arts career

Early 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.[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

In January 2014, Dariush made his UFC debut on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35. He was scheduled to face Jason High.[10] However, High was forced out of the bout with appendicitis and was replaced by returning veteran Charlie Brenneman.[11] 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.[12][13]

Dariush was expected to face Tony Martin on August 2, 2014 at UFC 174.[14] After the event was cancelled, the bout was rescheduled for August 23 at UFC Fight Night 49.[15] Dariush won via submission in the second round.[16]

Dariush made his PPV debut at UFC 179 on October 25, 2014, defeating the undefeated Carlos Diego Ferreira by unanimous decision.[17]

Dariush submitted Daron Cruickshank in the second round on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185, winning his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[18] The bout took place at a catchweight of 157 lbs. as Cruickshank was unable to make the lightweight limit.[19][20]

Dariush replaced an injured Paul Felder and decisioned Jim Miller on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[21][22]

Dariush next faced Michael Johnson on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[23] Dariush won the fight via controversial split decision.[24] Every mainstream MMA media outlet scored the fight as a decision victory for Johnson.[25]

Dariush was expected to face Mairbek Taisumov on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[26] However, Dariush pulled out of the fight in early December citing injury and was replaced by Chris Wade.[27]

Dariush faced Michael Chiesa on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[28] Dariush lost the fight via submission in the second round.[29]

Dariush next faced James Vick on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199, replacing an injured Evan Dunham.[30] Dariush won the fight via KO in the first round.[31]

Dariush faced Rashid Magomedov on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.,[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Dariush faced Edson Barboza on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[34] He lost the fight via KO due to a flying knee in the second round.[35]

Dariush fought Evan Dunham on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216.[36] The fight ended in a majority draw, with one judge scoring the bout for Dariush.[37]

Dariush was expected to face Bobby Green on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[38] However, on February 14, 2018, it was announced that Green was forced to pull out from the event, citing injury.[39] Green was replaced by Alexander Hernandez.[40] Dariush lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[41]

Dariush in bite suit at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, during MMA Holiday Tour, 2018

Dariush was expected to face Chris Gruetzemacher on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139.[42] However, on October 18, 2018, it was reported that Gruetzemacher withdrew from the event and he is replaced by newcomer Thiago Moisés.[43] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[44]

Dariush faced Drew Dober on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146.[45] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[46] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[47]

Dariush was expected to face Drakkar Klose on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[48] However on July 7 Dariush pulled out of the fight with an injury.[49] As a result, UFC officials opted to remove Klose from the card and he is expected to be scheduled for a future event instead.[50]

Dariush faced Frank Camacho on October 26, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 20.[51] He won the fight via submission in round one.[52] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[53]

Dariush next faced Drakkar Klose on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248, a rescheduling of the bout that was canceled in July 2019.[54] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[55] This win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.[56]

Dariush faced Scott Holtzman on August 8, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174.[57] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[58]

Dariush was scheduled to meet Charles Oliveira on October 4, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana[59] 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.[60]

A rematch with Carlos Diego Ferreira took place on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 184.[61] He won the fight via split decision.[62] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[63]

Dariush faced Tony Ferguson on May 15, 2021 at UFC 262.[64] He dominated the fight, winning via unanimous decision.[65]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu[69]
    • 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
By knockout 5 3
By submission 8 1
By decision 8 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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