Drew Dober started strong and showed plenty of heart, but found himself caught in an arm-bar that he couldn’t escape, as Beneil Dariush made it two wins in a row at UFC Wichita.
Beneil Dariush and Drew Dober were the second fight in at UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) Saturday night. Going down at the Intrust Bank Arena, the lightweights were both looking to improve on recent success. It was Dober, however, who entered the night with a four fight win streak. A win over Dariush would certainly boost him toward some higher ranked competition in the near future.
Drew Dober held center as the action got underway Saturday night, but Dariush was able to land a snappy leg kick. Dober answered with his hands, sneaking through the guard of Beneil Dariush and forcing him back against the cage. His left hand was certainly a threat throughout the round. That led to a clinch, with Dariush managing to get in control, looking to wear his opponent down. Dariush would continue this attack, but when they did break, it was Dober going to the body and really putting the pressure on Beneil Dariush. By round’s end, Dariush was looking worn.
Dariush implemented a clinch early in the second, no surprise seeing as how he’d fared in the exchanges in the first. A takedown then earned him a reprieve, as Dariush looked to pass into mount. In due course, he did, which allowed him to connect with some heavy ground n’ pound. Dober would manage to sit up against the fence, only to be dragged down again — and out into the open.
Dober would survive, but Dariush stayed in control, working to isolate an arm for a kimura, then later an arm-bar. Then, seemingly seconds before he might break free, and toward the end of the second round, Dober tapped!
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Beneil Dariush def. Drew Dober by submission (arm-bar), Round 2, 4:41