A lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA) and Beneil Dariush (12-2 MMA) took place at tonight’s UFC on FOX 19 event in Tampa.
One round begins and the fighters exchange a few good leg kicks. Big shot lands for Dariush that wobbles Chiesa. Michael fires back with a leg kick. Another good shot behind the ear lands for Beneil. He follows up with two excellent leg kicks. Chiesa tries to earn a takedown. Dariush won’t have it and lands a knee to the body. The fighters clinch. On the break and Chiesa attempts a high kick. It is blocked. Dariush with a leg kick and then he shoots for a takedown. The fighters clinch against the fence. Good elbow on the break from Dariush. Beneil with a trip and gets top position to end round one.
Round two begins and Dariush just misses with a big left hand. He shoots in for a takedown but Chiesa defends and winds up taking Beneil down. Chiesa takes the back of Dariush and sinks in a rear-naked choke. Dariush defends and gets back to his feet. Chiesa still has his back and sinks in a rear-naked choke and this time there is no doubt. Beneil taps to the tight submission.
Michael Chiesa defeats Beneil Dariush via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of round two