Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan will be facing each other at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on December 2. Although the bout will be a five-round non-title, the result might determine who will go forward to the title fights UFC will prepare for its lightweight division fighters in the future.
No. 4-ranked Dariush will be coming from his recent loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 289 in June. The defeat snapped his eight-fight winning streak, making the win a much-needed price for the Iranian-born fighter, who has a 22-5-1 record.
Meanwhile, Tsarukyan will enter the cage with two previous victories over Joaquim Silva and Damir Ismagulov in June 2023 and December 2022, respectively. The No.8-ranked lightweight fighter hopes to extend his winning streak to three and boost his current 20-3 MMA record.
Complementing the main event of Dariush and Tsarukyan is the co-main event bout between Dan Hooker and Bobby Green. There will also be four other bouts joining the two pairs in the main card, including:
- Rob Font vs Deiveson Figueiredo
- Sean Brady vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Punahele Soriano vs Dustin Stoltzfus
- Khalil Rountree vs. Azamat Murzakanov
We will update this article once the other remaining bouts are announced by UFC.