The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us today, October 22, 2022, live from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi for UFC 280.
The event is to be headlined by a UFC lightweight championship clash between no. 1 ranked Charles Oliveira (33-8) and no. 4 ranked Islam Makhachev (22-1), and it is to be co-headlined by UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (21-3), who aims to make the second defense of his title against former two-time divisional champion TJ Dillashaw (17-4).
Our second bout on the main card today came in the lightweight division between former RITC lightweight champion, no. 6 ranked Beneil Dariush (21-4-1), who faced former two-division KSW champion (145 & 155 lbs), no. 9 ranked Mateusz Gamrot (21-1).
It’s about time we finally see Dariush step back inside the octagon, as he hasn’t competed since May of last year when he defeated former interim champion Tony Ferguson.
Nonetheless, he came into this affair having won his last seven-straight fights, while Gamrot came in on a four-fight win streak himself.
The last time Dariush had lost was in March of 2018, and Gamrot hasn’t lost since his heavily disputed split decision defeat in his UFC debut two years ago back in October of 2020. Most believe he should’ve gone into this fight with a record of 22-0.
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Continue reading to see how this lightweight contender bout went down:
Official Result: Beneil Dariush def. Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
This fight quickly ensues into a straight up scramble fest.
Gamrot shoots on an early takedown, which Dariush easily stuffs. Dariush however throws a combination ending in a left body kick, where Gamrot catches it and secures a takedown.
After multiple sweeps from both men, all inside the first minute, Dariush works his way up, before throwing another body kick that’s caught by Gamrot. Dariush is again taken down, but he’s searching for a multitude of leg locks throughout his time on bottom.
Dariush has a very good second round, as he doubles up on Gamrot in striking totals and stuffs every takedown attempt up until the final seconds of the round. He’s timing some vicious knees to the body of Gamrot merely every time a takedown is attempted as well.
It’s most likely 19-19 going into the third and final round.
Dariush continues to pick Gamrot apart throughout the final five minutes, and he drops Gamrot with a beautifully timed and placed left hand with about one minute left in the fight.
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Beneil Dariush now holds the third-longest active win streak inside the UFC’s lightweight division at eight, just behind the two men involved in our UFC lightweight championship main event.
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