Beneil Dariush looked to get back to his winning ways against UFC newcomer Thiago Moises in Denver. Ultimately, he got the job done.
Beneil Dariush had not won any of his last three fights, including losses to Edson Barboza as well as Alexander Hernandez earlier this year, entering UFC Denver. Prior to that he was a top 15 lightweight with a decent amount of potential in a stacked weight class. On Saturday, he looked to get back on the right track with a fight against Dana White Contender Series alumni Thiago Moises, who was making his octagon debut.
Round one featured a grappling based game plan, as both men were light on the striking and battling for position for the majority of the round. Moises looked for multiple submissions throughout the duration of the first five minutes, however Dariush got out of each one, and advanced position on the ground with Moises. Including finishing the first round in full mount landing punches and elbows.
The second round featured more grappling from both men. Dariush was getting the better of the exchanges on the ground, and once again he finished the frame in a dominant position. He took Moises’ back and was looking for the rear naked choke until the round ended, however once again Moises saw the bell.
Dariush then spent the third round dominating the 23-year old prospect. Getting his back at multiple times and looking for a choke, he landed plenty of punches on the Brazilian. Dariush ended the fight on top landing strikes, finishing out the fight in dominant fashion.
The lesson here? Beneil Dariush is back to his winning ways.
Beneil Dariush def. Thiago Moises by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)