Beneil Dariush rebounded from his first professional loss with an impressive performance against Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night 48. The Iranian born fighter was able to gut out some sticky positions, losing the first round, before getting Martin to the ground and taking control from there in the second. The BJJ advantage of Dariush was clear once the fight hit the mat.
Dariush was able to get into the mount of Martin, before controlling the head and arm of Martin, moving into side control and forcing the tap. Martin was becoming fatigued in the second round, and that is when Dariush started to take over.
As a result of the impressive victory, Dariush is now 2-1 inside the Octagon, and comes back from a disappointing loss to Ramsey Nijem in his last outing. Martin, meanwhile, is now 0-2 since signing with the UFC, and will be fortunate to be handed another fight inside the Octagon.
Check out the coverage for the fight below.
Both fighters looking to rebound from losses in their last bout, but Dariush looked very impressive in his UFC debut. Martin the favourite for this lightweight contest.
Round 1 - Martin taking the centre, opens up with a big leg kick. He doubles up on the left then lands a body kick. Dariush missing with the combination as he presses forward. Big combination with a nice uppercut from Martin. Overhand right by Martin. Dariush to the body with the kick. He misses the overhand left, and again. Dariush very laboured with his attacks. Martin now backing Dariush up, and has his nose bloodied. Dariush missing as he pushes forward, Martin gets hit with a body kick though. Martin’s movement working well, as Dariush struggling to find his range. Body kick lands for Dariush, who then lands to the leg. Uppercut from Martin. He doubles up on the left. Big combination from Dariush, with a knee to the body at the end. Martin reserves the subsequent clinch and separates. Left by Martin lands, Dariush ducks under and gets the clinch, dropping to get a takedown and trying to get the back but Martin reverses, getting to his feet and has the clinch now. Martin has the back now in the clinch. Dirty boxing from the American. They both land combinations. Body kick by Dariush. 30 seconds left. Uppercut from Martin, then a left but huge left lands for Dariush. Dariush lands the takedown and gets the back of Martin at the end of the first.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Martin.
Round 2 - Dariush screams before the round starts. Nice combination there. Martin lands as Dariush presses forward. Dariush slips as he presses forward. Clinch again, this time Dariush engaging and has Martin against the fence. He gets him down but Martin with a lovely kimura sweep and getting to his feet. He has Dariush against the fence now. Short knees exchanged from both fighters, trying to keep active to avoid the referee separating them. Martin drops for a takedown but Dariush avoids it, circling away and landing with a nice knee to the body. Martin looking for the takedown and defended once again impressively by Dariush. The referee separates them with around 2 minutes left. Martin with a cut above his right eye, he looks gassed too. Dariush going in for a takedown and Martin once again trying that same sweep, but Dariush recognising that and remaining on top, this time in half guard. Dariush goes into the mount, goes for the arm triangle, moves into side control and forces the tap! That was quick work, absolutely brilliant stuff.
Result: Dariush via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:38 in second round.
Brilliant work from Dariush, quick work as he got into a dominant position and he hands Martin his first submission loss.
You can check out the full play-by-play for the event here on Cage Pages. The results for the card, as it stands, can be found below.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:38 in second round.
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).