Top contenders collide!
Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan are set to headline UFC Austin in a key lightweight matchup, scheduled for five rounds of action.
Dariush was putting together quite the case for a title shot with eight wins in a row, but that streak came to an end in his latest fight against Charles Oliveira at UFC 289. Ranked at #4, Dariush may not be too far from a title fight though, especially if he is to beat a surging prospect like Tsarukyan.
Like his opponent, Tsarukyan also seeks to enter the title conversation at 155lbs. Since losing to a close decision to Mateusz Gamrot, the 27 year-old won back-to-back fights against Damir Ismagulov and Joaquim Silva.
The main event takes place from The Moody Center in Austin, Texas.
Dariush starts off with kicks to the body and to the leg of Tsarukyan. Tsarukyan lands a right hand, knee and then another right hand to stop Dariush in his tracks. Tsarukyan unleashes a flurry of punches on the ground before the referee calls it in.
Official result: Arman Tsarukyan defeats Beneil Dariush via KO (punches) in round 1 (1:04)