MMA

California vs Florida: Beneil Dariush, Thiago Moises fight at ‘UFC Fight Night 139’ in Colorado

The Ultimate Fighting Championship held “UFC Fight Night 139” at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, United States on November 10, 2018. The fight card featured 12 mixed martial arts matches, three of which were female matches.

In the ninth bout of the evening, Beneil “Benny” Dariush, 29, of Yorba Linda, California, United States faced Thiago Moises, 23, of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States. They competed in the lightweight division.

Blue Corner

Born in Urmia, Iran on May 6, 1989, Dariush is of Assyrian descent. He is training out of Kings MMA under the tutelage of Rafael Cordeiro.

The Assyrian-American MMA fighter has been competing professionally since 2009. “UFC Fight Night 139” marked his 14th bout in the UFC.

Red Corner

Moises was born in Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil on March 23, 1995. He is representing 011 MMA Team.

The Brazilian-American MMA fighter has been competing professionally since 2012. “UFC Fight Night 139” marked his first official UFC bout since his win over Gleidson “Poney” Cutis, 29, of San Antonio, Texas, United States at Dana White’s Contender Series 2018.

Fight Result

After three five-minute rounds, the lightweight bout between Dariush and Moises was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 30-25, 30-25, 30-26. In the end, referee Keith Peterson raised the hand of the Assyrian-American contender, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 139” improved Dariush’s professional MMA record to 15 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. It was a redemptive win after two losses, 1 draw and 2 cancelled bouts in the UFC.

Losing to Dariush ended Moises’s two-bout winning streak. The Brazilian-American fighter now has 11 wins and 3 losses.

“UFC Fight Night 139” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 35, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States and Mike “Platinum” Perry, 27, of Orlando, Florida, United States battled it out in the welterweight division. The fighter from Albuquerque submitted his opponent from Orlando via armbar at 4:46 of Round 1.

In the main event, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, 31, of Seoul, South Korea and Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, United States competed in the featherweight division. The American contender knocked out his Korean opponent via elbow at 4:59 of Round 5.

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