Beneil Dariush

Beneil Khobier Dariush[1] (born May 6, 1989) is an Iranian-born American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of October 24, 2022, he is #4 in the UFC lightweight rankings.[4]

Beneil Dariush
MMA Holiday Tour at Al Asad Air Base 11 (cropped).jpg
Dariush in 2018
BornBeneil Khobier Dariush[1]
(1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 33)
Urmia, Iran
ResidenceYorba Linda, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionLightweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)[2]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofHuntington Beach, California, United States
TeamKings MMA
TrainerRafael Cordeiro
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rômulo Barral[2] and Bruno "Mamute" Paulista[3]
Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro[2]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total27
Wins22
By knockout5
By submission8
By decision9
Losses4
By knockout3
By submission1
Draws1
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)

BackgroundEdit

Dariush was born and raised on a farm in Iran. He is a Christian of ethnic Assyrian descent.[5][6][7] When he was nine, he and his parents left Iran emigrating to America where they already had several relatives from their large extended family. At the time, Beneil and his sister Beraeil did not speak English, so they spent most of the time playing with their cousins.[8]

Dariush is a devout Christian, often making note of his religious affiliation during UFC media events, promotional work, and post-fight interviews. In keeping with this faith, he sponsors an orphanage and Christian school in Haiti known as the Cap-Haïtien Children's Home.[9]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[2] 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 ChampionshipEdit

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 Anthony Rocco Martin on August 2, 2014, at UFC 176.[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 was 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 was eventually rescheduled for a rematch with Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 184 on February 6, 2021.[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 won the fight via unanimous decision.[65]

Dariush was scheduled to face Islam Makhachev on February 26, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 202.[66] However, on February 12, it was reported that Dariush withdrew from the event due to an ankle injury.[67][68]

Dariush faced Mateusz Gamrot on October 22, 2022 at UFC 280.[69] He won the bout by unanimous decision.[70]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Brazilian jiu-jitsuEdit

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu[75]
    • 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 recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
27 matches 22 wins 4 losses
By knockout 5 3
By submission 8 1
By decision 9 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–4–1 Mateusz Gamrot Decision (unanimous) UFC 280 October 22, 2022 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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: The 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 (punches) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 1 4:16 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 12–2 Michael Chiesa Submission (neck crank) 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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