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  • UFC 179 results: Beniel Dariush grinds out win over Carlos Diego Ferreira

    Beniel Dariush had a spirited walkout Saturday night, singing along to Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" as he made his way to the Octagon in Rio de Janeiro.

    But the highlights of his lightweight fight with Carlos Diego Ferreira will never be set to "Thriller."

    Dariush controlled and shut down Ferreira at UFC 179, never letting Ferreira get untracked en route to a unanimous decision victory. The judges' scores were 30-27 across the board.

    Ferreira, a jiu-jitsu specialist, simply had no answer for Dariush (9-1), an Iranian native who now trains with Kings MMA in Orange County, Calif. Ferreira (11-1) came out swinging in the third round and landed several solid uppercuts, but Dariush regained control, closed the distance, took it to the ground, and the rest of the round was a repeat of the first two rounds.

    Dariush improved to 3-1 in the UFC.



  • UFC 179 live blog: Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins

    This is the UFC 179 live blog for Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins, a featherweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro.

    Elkins, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Martins, who has won three of his four UFC fights, on the main card.

    Check out the UFC 179 live blog below.

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    Round 1: The referee in charge of the action is Osiris Maia. Both fighters open orthodox. Elkins punches his way into the clinch and gets Martins down with a single-leg trip. Martins stands, but they're still clinched and Elkins is all over him. They separate. Elkins in on another double, but it's stuffed. The American does manage to land a body kick. Another deep shot by Elkins and he pushes the Brazilian into the fence, but Martins eventually separates. Martins cracks Elkins with a knee, but Elkins is back on Martins' hips. They separate and, again, Elkins and Martins clinch off a takedown attempt.

    MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Elkins

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  • UFC 179 play-by-play

    MMA Fighting brings you UFC 179 play-by-play and more for the Aldo vs. Mendes 2 fight card. Tonight's event is headlined by a fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. This bout is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds. Also appearing on the main card are Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis, Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer, Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins, and Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Beneil Dariush. Tonight's fights take place at the Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    This is the UFC 179 undercard live blog for the UFC 179 event at the Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro.

    There will be six fights on the UFC 179 undercard. William Macario vs. Neil Magny, Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani, Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis, Felipe Arantes vs. Andre FiliGilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos, and Fabricio Camoes vs. Tony Martin will be featured on the prelims.

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    Fabricio Camoes vs. Tony Martin
    Round 1: Here we go, y'all. UFC 179. Lightweights kicking us off. Mario Yamasaki is the third man in the cage. They touch ‘em up and we're live. Martin circling and pawing out his jab. Slow start here, but a solid Camoes leg kick draws the first pop from the Brazilian faithful. Martin ducks under and dumps Camoes onto his back. Martin working from half guard. Camoes fishes for a kimura, Martin returns the favor. Camoes briefly sweeps off the fence but Martin rolls then wrenches on that kimura to take side control. Some nasty damage on Camoes' left arm from that submission, but he's surviving. Boom, there's the tap.

    Tony Martin def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (kimura) at 4:16 of R1


    Gilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos
    Round 1:
    Lightweights here. Eduardo Herdy is our referee. Giagos goes over the top with a hard counter right and cracks Burns early. Burns responds by accidentally kicking Giagos in the nuts. Nice. We're back, and Burns goes the body. Giagos tagging Burns with looping shots, so Burns ducks under and blasts Giagos to the mat. Burns inches Giagos away from the fence then settles into his guard. Slick transition into mount and Burns is in total control. Burns postures up, then seizes a body lock across Giagos' back as Giagos tries to roll. Tough spot for the rookie. Giagos climbs up the fence with his feet to escape, but Burns latches onto an armbar in the scramble. Oh man, that's bad. Giagos has no choice but to tap. What a ridiculously slick finish.

    Gilbert Burns def. Christos Giagos via submission (armbar) at 4:57 of R1


    Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
    Round 1:
    First fight on FOX Sports 1, and it's time for the featherweights. Fili repping Team Alpha Male, who could be in line for a big night tonight. Osiris Maia is our third man in the cage. We got a wild one here, they're slugging early. Fili wings a few more looping shots then trips Arantes to the floor. Fili postures up and rains down a few blows, then whiffs on a lunging knee to the body. Arantes pops to his feet then muscles Fili to the mat, transitioning right into mount. Furious action here. Arantes looks for some ground and pound of his own, but Fili explodes to his feet. Arantes hunting for a takedown along the fence but can't get it. Fili looks to be cut across his forehead. Arantes just manages to block a big head kick. Fili swarming with knees and kicks, and Arantes seems to be wilting. Another hard body kick from Fili, who then catches a kick and drives Arantes to the canvas. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Fili.

    Round 2:
    Fili immediately launches onto the offensive with knees and punches. Arantes dives low and works Fili to the floor, but it's short lived as the Team Alpha Male product takes top control with a slick sweep. Another sweep and Arantes ends up inside Fili's guard. Nonstop action and transitions. Arantes rains down a few short elbows, then gets cracked with an illegal upkick. Action resumes after a moment, and Fili changes levels and blasts right into side control. Sweep from Arantes and the Brazilian retakes top position, then goes to work with short elbows. Fili kicks him off, stands, then dumps him to the floor. Fili postures up and digs a hard shot to the body. Half guard for Fili. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Fili. (20-18 Fili.)

    Round 3:
    Fili stalking with heavy punches already. Fili backs Arantes up against the fence, shakes off a leaping standing guillotine attempt, then dives into Arantes' guard. A few scattered boos rain down from the crowd as Fili whirls into half guard. Arantes sweeps into top position, but just like that they're back to their feet. Fili ducks under for a single but can't get it, and ends up with his back to the fence. Arantes now fishing for a single of his own, and he turns the corner and gets it, settling into Fili's open guard. Big elbows from Arantes. Fili throws up his legs for a triangle/armbar! Fili commits to the armbar and it has a shot. Nope, Arantes squirms out, but Fili uses the momentum to drive the Brazilian into the floor. Lunging punch from Fili sends us home. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Arantes. (29-28 Fili.)

    Andre Fili def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
    Round 1:
    Flyweight time. Flight delays caused Scott Jorgensen to miss his mark and weigh-in at 128 pounds. Marc Goddard is our referee. Jorgensen working outside leg kicks early. Jorgensen and Reis trade left hands and Jorgensen gets the better of it, briefly dropping Reis. Back up, and looks like Goddard missed an eyepoke on Jorgensen. Jorgensen powers through it and wrestles the fight to the floor. Reis quickly stands, and starts swinging. Oof, hard body kick hurts Jorgensen. He's hurt bad. Weis dumps him then swarms with punches. Bad, bad spot for Jorgensen. Reis sets up an arm triangle from mount, dives into side control, then squeezes hard. Jorgensen reluctantly taps.

    Wilson Reis def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:28 of R1


    Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani
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    William Macario vs. Neil Magny
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  • Anderson Silva ignites crowd with unexpected walkout at UFC 179

    Anderson Silva may not have been fighting at UFC 179, but the former middleweight champion still got the walkout treatment as he entered the legendary Maracanãzinho arena in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Check out video of the warm reception Silva received from his Brazilian countrymen above.



  • UFC 179 live blog: Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Beneil Dariush

    This is the UFC 179 live blog for Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Beneil Dariush, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro.

    Ferriera, who is 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the UFC, will face Dariush, who is 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the UFC, on the main card.

    Check out the UFC 179 live blog below.

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    Round 1: The referee in charge of the action is Mario Yamasaki. Dariush is southpaw while Ferreira is orthodox and right away Dariush is taking center cage while pumping the jab. Dariush faked with a body shot and came over the top with a head kick that partially lands. He follows it up with a hard outside leg kick. And another. Ferreira blocks another attempt and rushes Dariush, clinching with him against the fence. Dariush eventually separates. Ferreira rushes again and scores with a couple of chasing punches, but nothing substantive. From the clinch, Dariush scores a body lock trip. He's nearly swept. Ferreira attempts a heel hook, but can't get close enough.

    MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dariush

    Round 2: Dariush drives another hard leg kick into the outside thigh of Ferreira. He follows it up with a blast double and attempts to take the back, but can't quite get it. Ferreira uses Dariush's opposite hands to turn his shoulders to the fence and stand. The Brazilian eats another leg kick. Hard body kick now scores for Dariush. Dariush is onanother double, but only gets it after a scramble. Dariush attempts to pass and can't, nearly being sucked into an oma plata attempt. Dariush dives back into his guard and the round ends there.

    MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dariush

    Round 3: Another outside leg kick for Dariush, but Ferreira storms with a barrage of punches, many blocked, but some snuck through. They clinch and now uppercuts score for the Brazilian. Dariush attempts a trip, but Ferreira uses Dariush's momentum to roll through and stand. Another takedown attempt, though, works and Ferreira is working from butterfly guard. Now in full guard and Dariush is managing to sneak through a few hard elbows. Ferreira attempts an oma plata, but Dariush stands out, then re-enters Ferreira's guard. Ferreira stands against the fence and eats a few shots for his efforts.

    MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dariush and the fight 30-27.

    Official result: Beneil Dariush def. Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)







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