On Saturday night, March 7, 2020, the UFC returns to their home base in Las Vegas with two world title fights.
UFC 248 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena and will be headlined by Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight title against Yoel Romero. In the co-main event, Zhang Weili makes her first defense of her women’s strawweight title, taking on the longtime former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
In the lightweight division, Beneil Dariush will take on Drakkar Klose during the event’s main card. After losing fights to Edson Barboza and the debuting Alex Hernandez, along with a draw with Evan Dunham sandwiched in between, Dariush has rattled off three consecutive wins — which includes consecutive finishes of Drew Dober and Frank Camacho. “Benny” will make his 17th appearance inside the Octagon on Saturday night.
Klose has also bounced back from a loss with three consecutive victories. Following a unanimous decision defeat to David Teymur at UFC 218 in December 2017, Klose has picked up unanimous decision wins over Lando Vannata, Bobby Green and Christos Giagos.
Klose was scheduled to face Dariush at UFC Sacramento in July before his opponent was forced to withdraw due to an injury.
Here is how the lightweight bout between Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose went down at UFC 248, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, you can check them out right here.
Jason Herzog gets them going and they touch gloves. Body kick from Dariush, Klose returns with a hard right hand attempt. Klose with a big right hand, and another. Dariush returns and shoots for a double leg, takedown successful. Klose back to his feet, Dariush on his back. Klose grabs the fence during a takedown attempt, Herzog with a stern warning. Dariush with a standing back triangle on Klose. Dariush has his right arm under the chin of Klose, defended thus far as we hit the halfway point. Right hands from Dariush and Klose is letting his opponent, perhaps, wear himself out. Dariush trying to get his arms free but Klose continues to defend with under 90 seconds to go. Dariush almost has the choke locked in and it’s getting tighter and tighter. Klose trying to hang on in the final 45 seconds and gets separation. Klose with a pair of elbows to the thigh of Dariush in the final 15 seconds. The position doesn’t change as the horn sounds. Could be interesting moving forward after the energy Dariush had to have exerted.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 Dariush
Klose opens the round with a hard inside leg kick. Kick goes low from Dariush, maybe too low, but not enough to stop the action. Klose lands a huge right and Dariush is hurt. Leg kick from Klose, Dariush now has Klose badly hurt. Huge left hand from Dariush and Klose is down and out. What a crazy exchange!
— UFC (@ufc) March 8, 2020
Official result: Beneil Dariush def. Drakkar Klose via KO – Round 2, 1:00
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