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Beneil Dariush

Beneil "Benny" Dariush
  • Name: Beneil Dariush
  • MMA Record: 14-4-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Benny
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1989.05.06
  • Last Fight: March 03, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Kings MMA
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $272,000 USD
  • Born: Urmia, Iran
  • Fighting out of: Huntington Beach, California
  • Head Coach: Rafael Cordeiro
  • Other Coaches: N/A
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Beneil Dariush MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:42 Round 1 of 3

Us Alexander Hernandez
14-3-1 8-1-0

Us UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2018.03.03
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
#17 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2018
UFC 222 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Bobby Green UFC 222 2018.03.03
Reason: Green Injury
Draw | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Evan Dunham
14-3-0 18-6-0

Us UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.10.07
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | KO/TKO | Knee
4:35 Round 2 of 3, 9:35 Total

Br Edson Barboza
14-2-0 18-4-0

Br UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.03.11
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Osiris Maia
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2017
UFC Fight Night 106 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Rashid Magomedov
13-2-0 19-1-0

Mx UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.11.05
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:16 Round 1 of 3

Us James Vick
12-2-0 9-0-0

Us UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.06.04
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $62,000 ($31K Base, $31K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Mike Beltran
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:20 Round 2 of 3, 6:20 Total

Us Mike Chiesa
12-1-0 12-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 19: Teixeira vs. Evans
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.04.16
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#9 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
#48 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC on FOX 19 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Mairbek Taisumov UFC UFN 81 2016.01.17
Reason: Dariush Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Michael Johnson
11-1-0 16-8-0

Us UFC Fight Night 73: Teixeira vs. St. Preux
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.08.08
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jim Miller
10-1-0 24-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 15: Machida vs. Rockhold
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.04.18
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Vitor Ribeiro
Win | Submission | Choke
2:48 Round 2 of 3, 7:48 Total

Us Daron Cruickshank
9-1-0 16-5-0

Us UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.03.14
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Don Turnage | Walkout Music: Michael Jackson - Rock With You
#30 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
UFC 185 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Carlos Diego Ferreira
8-1-0 11-0-0

Br UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.10.25
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Alan Patrick UFC 179 2014.10.25
Reason: Patrick Fractured Jaw
Win | Submission | Choke
3:38 Round 2 of 3, 8:38 Total

Us Tony Martin
7-1-0 8-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Tony Martin UFC 176 2014.08.02
Reason: Event Cancelled
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:20 Round 1 of 3

Us Ramsey Nijem
7-0-0 8-4-0

Ae UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.04.11
Odds: -260 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Neil Hall
UFC Fight Night 39 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Jason High UFC UFN 35 2014.01.15
Reason: High Ruptured Appendix
Win | Submission | Choke
1:45 Round 1 of 3

Us Charlie Brenneman
6-0-0 19-5-0

Us UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs. Philippou
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.01.15
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#19 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Jason Meaders

Us Respect in the Cage

2013.05.04
Win | Submission | Armlock

Jm Trace Gray

Us Respect in the Cage

2013.01.19
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Br Gilberto dos Santos

Br Goias Regional

2012.10.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Dominic Gutierrez

Us Samurai Pro Sports

2011.10.21
Win | Submission

Us Vance Bejarano

Us Respect in the Cage

2010.10.08
Win | Decision | Split

Us Jordan Betts

Us Respect in the Cage

2009.11.20

Beneil Dariush Wiki Update Wiki

Beneil Dariush is an Iranian lightweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu under Bruno Paulista and trains out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, California. He is highly accomplished in BJJ, having won the the No Gi World championship at blue, purple, and brown belt as well as a silver medalist at the Mundials in the blue, purple, and brown belt divisions. He claims to have competed in over fifty jui jitsu tournaments, all of which he placed in the top three. Of his six professional MMA wins, five have been finishes including three submissions. 


Dariush began his professional career in 2009 with a split decision win. He would compete once a year over the following three years, compiling a perfect 4-0 record. In late 2012, he was promoted to black belt in BJJ after only training for five years. He decided that he would not be able to compete at the highest levels of both Gi jui jitsu and MMA so he decided to pursue MMA alone for financial reasons. He would pick up two more first round finishes in 2013 to move his record to 6-0. 

 
In late 2013, Benny received the call that he had been signed by the UFC. He was to fill in as a replacement against Jason High at UFC Fight Night 35. Less than two weeks before the fight, High had to pull out due to injury and he was replaced by UFC veteran, Charlie Brenneman. He would win by first round submission due to a rear naked choke.


Dariush returned four months later to face Ramsey Nijem at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. For his third fight with the promotion, Dariush faced Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos. He won the fight via submission in the second round.


Dariush made his PPV debut at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro against undefeated Carlos Diego Ferreira. Dariush had fought once in Brazil previously, where he defeated a Brazilian opponent (though with a 1-4 record), and has trained for this bout with Fabricio Werdum and Rafael dos Anjos, among others. Dariush won the fight via unanimous decision. He would make it 3 straight when he faced Daron Cruickshank at UFC 185 finishing him by submission in the second round also earning a performance of the night bonus.


Last updated 03.18.2015, 3:55 PM ET
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