Under The Radar: Drew Dober vs Beneil Dariush
By Myles Hutton
This octagon returns to Kansas this weekend, with a card headlined by two of the heavyweight divisions’ most dominant forces- Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos.
However, I believe I fight that is going under the radar this week is the overlooked matchup between Drew Dober and Beneil Dariush.
Hardcore fans should know 11 time UFC vet, and Nebraska native Dober by now, but for those that do not, his relentless pressure and general dominance in many aspects of MMA makes him a big prospect at 155 pounds.
Fighting out of the well known Elevation Fight Team in Colorado, Dober has had some troubles with weight cutting in this past, leading to commission issues. He is known to be a huge lightweight that cuts an extraordinary amount of weight to reach the maximum limit of 156 pounds, however this benefits him on fight night.
His heavy pressure on top makes it suffocating for his opponents in the grappling department. Not to mention, his tricky southpaw striking guarantees fireworks almost every fight. Having an ‘everything on the line’ mindset going into his fights, Dober admits he plans to put on a show for everyone this weekend in Wichita. Though, he does not have an easy task at hand on Saturday night, with a seasoned, sneaky veteran waiting to break his 3 fight win streak in Dariush.
With an array of impressive wins over many tough opponents in his 5 year UFC career, Beneil Dariush is a quietly spoken fighter- but don’t let this distract you from his killer instincts on the feet, and on the mat. Dariush is well known for his ‘bread and butter’ which is his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a black belt in BJJ under the tutelage of multiple time world champion Rômulo Barral.
With a variety of different submissions on his amateur and professional record, Dariush can lock you up from any angle, making him a huge threat if the fight hits the canvas. The Iranian has had a few tough encounters in recent years, including being on the wrong end of a mind blowing flying knee from perennial contender Edson Barboza- however to his credit, he always goes back to the drawing board and shows vast improvements in every single fight. Coming off a dominant, one sided schooling of UFC newcomer Thiago Moises in November 2018, Dariush looks to make Dober his 10th win with the UFC this Saturday evening on the main card of UFC Wichita.
A modern day cliche in mixed martial arts is ‘styles make fights’; this fight is the definition of this! Both fighters can strike, grapple, wrestle and win a fight at any given time. Expect a war between these two determined, well established contenders on Saturday night.