Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush
Let’s open up the main card in the lightweight division, as Ramsey Nijem collides with Beneil Dariush.
Nijem (8-4) is a former runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter. He snapped a two-fight losing skid by defeating Justin Edwards to start the year. Dariush (7-0) was victorious in his UFC debut this past January, submitting Charlie Brenneman.
Round 1: No touch of gloves and these two are coming right out after each other. Nijem fires off some kicks, but it’s Dariush who lands the best strike, catching him with a counter. Nijem eats a body kick, takes Dariush to the ground and lands some strikes from the top. No ground game in the plans for Nijem, as Dariush is a BJJ wizard. Dariush has him tied against the fence and lands some good shots. Dariush with a flying knee, but Nijem eats it and counters back, taking Dariush to the ground with strikes. He continues to punish, goes for a possible choke before taking the back and unloading. Blood everywhere and in the full mount goes Nijm with over a minute to go. Dariush is in survival mode, as Nijem moves to mount and takes the back. More lefts to the face and even more ground and pound. Huge shots being landed by Nijem and the ref is looking in as he is getting battered. That’s it, as the ref has seen enough and Nijem scores the win.
Ramsey Nijem def. Beneil Dariush via TKO (strikes) at 4:20 of Round 1