89.7
Submission (Armbar)
9:41
      These guys both started by trading some solid punches & kicks, with Dober throwing with more power, and Dariush was throwing with more accuracy. Dober rocked Dariush 2 minutes into the round, but Dariush was able to clinch to buy himself some time to recover. Dober rocked Dariush a minute later, so Dariush had to clinch again to buy himself some more time to recover. Round one goes to Dober for rocking Dariush multiple times.
     Dober dropped Dariush with a kick as soon as the second round started, but he let him get back up, so Dariush took control of the clinch, and started working for a takedown against the fence, bringing him to the ground 45 seconds into the round. Dariush passed to full mount halfway through the round, he continued to chip away with some ground & pound. Dober gave up his back, Dariush went for an armbar from back control, Dober slipped out, they wrestled around for a while, and then Dober pulled half guard with a weak guillotine attempt, Dariush popped his head free, setup a Kimura, Dober tried to sneak out, and Dariush caught him in an armbar and finished the fight with 19 seconds left in the second round. That's a great win for Beneil Dariush.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Dariush started this fight with a hard kick to the body, and then Moises tried to pull guard with a guillotine attempt, Dariush popped his head free, Moises went for an armbar, Dariush slipped out of that, and then took Moises's back, while pressing him against the fence in sort of a seated position. Moises stood up, and they continued to clinch heavily, while trying to throw each other around. Moises went for another guillotine attempt, and let Dariush take top control again as he popped his head free. Dariush threw some big punches & elbows, and then they stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Dariush took down Moises again with a minute left in the round, and went back to throwing some punches, and then took Moises's back again. Dariush passed to full mount, unloaded with some big punches, and Moises was saved by the buzzer.
     Dariush threw some big punches and a head kick to start the second round, and then took down Moises 30 seconds into the round. Dariush threw some big punches from inside Moises's guard, while keeping him stacked. Moises scrambled back to his feet halfway through the round, and Dariush continued to cling to him like glue, as he brought Moises down to his knees against the fence again, with that sort of semi-standing back control. Dariush setup a rear-naked choke, but couldn't quite get under Moises's chin. He still had it locked on pretty tight, but Moises was saved by the buzzer again. Dariush is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Dariush started the final round with a hard body kick, and then got clipped with an uppercut on his way back into the clinch. Moises then pulled guard again with another guillotine attempt, which Dariush popped out of again, and he's back in top control a minute into the final round. Dariush threw a few punches, and then took Moises's back again 2 minutes into the round, locking on the body triangle. He setup the rear-naked choke again, punched Moises a few times to loosen him up, it looked tight, but Moises did a good job defending his neck. Dariush was still clearly dominating him on the ground though. Moises almost rolled out of the body triangle, but Dariush saw what was happening, so he immediately took top control again. The round ended with Dariush dropping elbows to the body of Moises, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory for Dariush.
90.2
KO (Punch)
0:42
      Hernandez rushed forward and threw a front kick to the body, Dariush backed up, and immediately started working his counter striking. Hernandez was extremely aggressive here in his UFC debut, he threw a massive left hand, dropped Dariush, and got the quick first round knockout over a ranked UFC lightweight. That was a fantastic debut for Alexander Hernandez, a guy I've only seen fight once before, and I thought he was good, but I'm shocked that he put Dariush down so quickly. Alexander Hernandez is someone to keep an eye on for sure.
88.5
Draw (Majority)
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches, Dariush landed a big leg kick, Dunham shot for a takedown, and Dariush stuffed his shot, so they reset a minute into the opening round. They traded a few more strikes, Dariush hit Dunham with a clean punch, a big kick to the body, Dunham tried to take him down, and Dariush dropped him with a hard elbow, and then he took Dunham's back for a second. Dunham rolled out of that, and Dunham stayed on top, where he continued to pound on him with some big punches. Dariush bounced Dunham's head off the canvas a few times with some big punches while standing above him, but the referee let them continue. Dunham tried to work his way back up the cage, and Dariush continued to hit him with heavy elbows, and knees to the body. Dunham grabbed for a leg lock with a minute left in the round, while Dariush was standing above him, but Dariush just settled into half mount, and continued to maul Dunham with heavy elbows & punches. Dunham finally stood back up with 25 seconds left in the round. You could make an argument that the first round was 10-8 for Beneil Dariush.
     Dariush came out throwing heavy strikes to start the second round, and then Dunham picked him up, and slowly dumped him to the ground 40 seconds into the round. Dariush tried to setup an Omoplata, but he was awfully close to the fence, so he had to really show off his flexibility on the ground. Dariush was able to scramble back to his feet, and Dunham pressed him against the fence. The spent most of the rest of the round trading strikes at a decent pace, with both guys looking like they were starting to gas a bit in the second round. Dunham applied more pressure in the second round, so I'm assuming this fight is all tied up going into the final round, but since I scored the first round 10-8 for Dariush, then I have this fight scored at 19-18 going into the final round, in favor of Beneil Dariush.
     They traded some random strikes in the final round, and then Dunham pressed Dariush against the fence 2 minutes into the round. Dariush broke free 30 seconds later, so they reset. The round was kind of a slow paced striking stalemate, but Dariush blasted Dunham with some hard shots in the final minute of the round. They both looked exhausted, but they were still swinging with some wild shit in the final 30 seconds or so, with Dunham taunting Dariush. I'm assuming Dunham won the last two rounds, but they were both close rounds, and since Dariush dominated him in the first round, I feel like this fight should be a draw, but I'm assuming the judges will score it 29-28 for Dunham. One judge scored the fight for Dariush, and the other two scored it a draw, for the "Majority Draw". I'm giving Dariush the victory points, but this fight was awfully close.
92.1
KO (Flying Knee)
8:35
      Dariush landed some heavy punches to start the first round, and then Barboza unloaded on him with some fast combinations. They were both trading leg & body kicks at a decent clip as well. They continued to trade some serious strikes, with Dariush landing a lot of dangerous looking punches, but Barboza fired back with a hard head kick, which was partially blocked by Dariush. They continued to exchange really aggressive combinations for the duration of the round, with Dariush probably landing the better shots, but Barboza was still landing some serious shots as well. Round one probably goes to Dariush.
     They continued to trade brutal punches & kicks to start the second round. Dariush grabbed for a single leg takedown, but Barboza used his excellent wrestling defense to yank his leg free, to keep the fight standing. They were both landing badass shots, but I thought Barboza was landing the slightly better shots for most of the round, until he threw an uppercut to Dariush's nuts. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade strikes, and then Barboza knocked Dariush the fuck out with a highlight reel worthy flying knee. That was a fantastic fight, and another outstanding finish by Edson Barboza. When Barboza is on his game, he's hands down one of my favorite fighters to watch. He nearly decapitated Dariush with that flying knee.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      Dariush started this fight with some nice head kicks, they clinched, and then Dariush landed some big knees. The fight went to the ground in a weird way, Magomedov sort of tried to take Dariush's back, but Dariush scrambled back to his feet quickly. They clinched again, and Magomedov threw a knee to Dariush's groin. Once the fight started back up, Dariush went back to throwing his big kicks. Dariush landed a LOT of big kicks in that first round, and he also landed some nice knees & punches. Magomedov landed some decent counter punches, but not enough to make up for the damage Dariush was dealing. They clinched again with a minute left in the round, and Magomedov took control of the clinch, but he mostly just held him, not really throwing any offense at all. Magomedov took down Dariush in the final 10 seconds, but he didn't do anything once they hit the ground. Round one clearly goes to Dariush.
     Dariush went into the second round with the same gameplan, blasting Magomedov with some massive kicks, as well as some hard punches. Magomedov fired back with some decent shots, but for every shot he would land, Dariush would fire back with something significantly harder. They clinched 2 minutes into the round, and Magomedov tried to work some dirty boxing, while Dariush mowed him down with big knees to the body & head. They continued with some heavy clinching all the way up until the end of the round. Dariush is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They both came out swinging hard shots in the final round, with Magomedov throwing a lot of body kicks, and Dariush was firing back with inside leg kicks & big overhand lefts. They clinched again 45 seconds into the round, with Magomedov in control this time. Dariush worked some nice knees from that Thai clinch, before breaking apart to reset again. They went right back into some more clinching, Dariush tried to throw Magomedov to the ground, but he popped right back up a second later. The referee split them up with 2 minutes left in the fight. Both guys looked tired, but they continued to trade wild punches & knees, before clinching again with 90 seconds left in the round. Dariush continued to hammer Magomedov with knees to the body. They broke apart and turned the final 20 seconds into a wild brawl, with Dariush landing the better shots in my opinion. Clear 30-27 decision for Dariush as far as I'm concerned. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Dariush via unanimous decision, snapping Magomedov's 12-Fight winning streak.
92.4
KO (Punches)
4:16
      Vick started this fight, using his range nicely, picking apart Dariush with punches & kicks. There were several eye pokes going both ways, mostly Vick poking Dariush. Once they were issued a stern warning, the fight continued, and Dariush beat the living shit out of Vick, nearly finishing him on the ground with some brutal ground & pound. Vick somehow survived, and got back to his feet, where they continued to clinch. They broke apart and Dariush rocked Vick, causing him to wobble away like a broken chicken, and then Dariush knocked him the fuck out, as Vick collapsed. That was an outstanding performance by Beneil Dariush, as he gets back on the winning track almost immediately, after losing to Chiesa 6 weeks ago. Vick put up a hell of a fight, but this was a disappointing way to earn the first loss of his career. I'm happy to see Dariush winning again this quickly though. Not only does he have a sick ground game, but apparently he also has KO power.
92.9
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
6:20
      The first half of the first round had Dariush beating up Chiesa's lead leg with brutal kicks, and he rocked him a few times with some heavy punches. The last half of the round was a fairly even clinch game, where both fighters were battling for takedowns, and neither fighter could get anywhere with it, until Dariush took down Chiesa with 15 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Dariush.
     Dariush started the second round with a pair of BRUTAL leg kicks, he shot for another takedown, Chiesa showed some amazing wrestling, ending up on Dariush's back, he locked on a rear-naked choke, Dariush did a solid job defending against it for a minute or so, but Chiesa cranked that squeeze, and finished the fight via submission fairly early in the second round. That's INSANE, considering Chiesa finished Jim Miller & Beneil Dariush, two amazing Jiu-Jitsu black belts, in a row. That's fucking insane. Michael Chiesa is a beast.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight I guess, but I can't help but be a little disappointed with Dariush's lack of a killer instinct in this fight. He kicked the shit out of the legs & body of Johnson, and Johnson rocked him a few times with some nice punch combinations. So really, this fight was all about Dariush's kicks & counters, against Johnson's speed and boxing. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Michael Johnson, even though I WANTED Dariush to win... and uh... Dariush somehow won, via split-decision? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! Hey, I'm fine with that... I'm not going to complain, but holy shit, Johnson got screwed.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Wow. That was a really impressive grappling match, with Jim Miller showing exactly how high his level of Jiu-Jitsu is, throwing TONS of submission attempts at Dariush, and holding his own on the ground. The problem is, Dariush spent a good portion of this fight, either in full mount, or back mount, so Miller loses this one pretty easily, BUT! Holy shit, his grappling is still super impressive. Congrats to Beneil Dariush for another HUGE win. This guy is on a fucking tear!
91.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
7:48
      Holy shit! I've been really impressed with Cruickshank lately, and even had him ranked at #10 in the division, going into this fight. With that being said, he looked decent early in the first round, but eventually, he was picked apart by the striking of Dariush, got destroyed with elbows on the ground in the first round, and was almost choked out with a D'Arce. The second round was 100% Dariush, and Cruickshank clumsily went for a takedown against the much better grappler, and after Dariush schooled him on the ground, he eventually locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission. Awesome victory for Beneil Dariush.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Beneil Dariush pretty clearly won this fight, grinding out a 15 minute decision, by taking Ferreira to the ground, keeping him clinched, and beating him up with punches and knees. Congrats to Dariush for the win, but not exactly the most exciting fight I've seen tonight.
89.2
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
8:38
      This was a pretty solid fight, with Martin landing a lot more strikes in the first round, and even broke Dariush's nose. Martin looked tired coming into the second round, and Dariush took advantage of it, kicking the shit out of Martin, eventually taking him to the ground, he broke out of the guard, flipped over to the side, locked on the arm triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission. Beneil Dariush made a solid comeback in this fight, good fight overall.
91.9
TKO (Punches)
4:20
      OH WOW! I've never seen Ramsey Nijem fight like this, he was fucking INSANELY violent in this fight, beating Dariush's face in on the feet, until he fell to the ground, he jumped on him like a tiger, and just absolutely devoured him with punches, hammerfists, just HARD punches on the ground, leaving Dariush's face looking like he had been shot in the face with a shotgun. Ramsey Nijem looked awesome in this fight, and I'm actually looking forward to watching him fight now.
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:45
     That's what I like to see! These are the kinds of fights that are easy to review. Dariush threw some hard leg kicks, Brenneman showed some decent boxing, Dariush knocked him down with a big left hand, and then jumped on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and eventually Brenneman was forced to submit. Great debut by Beneil Dariush.