This is the UFC Fight Night 39 live blog for Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush, a lightweight bout at Friday's UFC event at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Nijem, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Dariush, who won his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 35, on the main card.
Check out the UFC Fight Night 39 live blog below.
Round 1: Matinee edition of UFC in the States, as Abu Dhabi main card kicks off. Neil Hall is the referee. Nijem comes running forward and eats a punch from Dariush. And again, a straight left from Dariush lands flush halts Nijem as me moves in. Great poise by Dariush. Nice body kick lands from Dariush, but Nijem catches the leg and spins him to the ground. He lands a quick shot, but lets Dariush back up. Dariush holds center as Nijem circles, and here comes Dariush, closes distance and puts Nijem on fence. Dirty boxing here, lands a couple of short inside shots, and they break. Back to center. Body kick from Nijem. Now a leg kick, which lands nice. Nijem comes in slips a punch this time and lands a solid right. Nifty bit of movement from Nijem. They comes in again, and bounce off one another. Nijem comes in low with a body shot, and now unloads a big combination that drops Dariush! He's going for finish, grabs a guillotine, now back to ground and pound. Dariush in survival mode here, flailing. Short elbows and now on ground. Now he grabs Dariush's back and keeps landing as Dariush spins around. It's a completely onslaught. Inside of a minute. More big strikes, and finally the referee steps in and calls Nijem off. Wow. That was a big performance from Nijem, who caught a couple of punches early and then just took the fight to Dariush from a minute in onwards.
UFC Fight Night 39 officials results: Ramsey Nijem def. Beneil Daniush via TKO (strikes) at 4:20 of R1.