UFC Wichita's Beneil Dariush Credits Work With Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum

Although the amount of fighters going up a weight class seems to be climbing, there are still a number of them who are a standard deviation away from the average mass of their division-mates. Whether or not this is an advantage, it certainly has to be a consideration for their opponents. 

Luckily for Beneil Dariush, he has the perfect system for dealing with it. Dariush faces off this weekend with Drew Dober, who despite being two inches shorter is significantly larger in terms of sheer size. As recently as 2018, Dober has found success at welterweight. Dariush, though, is used to squaring off with much bigger guys. 

“One of the guys that helps me all the time is Marvin [Vettori],” Dariush said, referencing the Kings MMA middleweight. “He’s just a beast of a man and I get to train with him on a regular basis.”

In addition to Vettori, Dariush tries to make as much time as possible with Kelvin Gastelum, especially as Gastelum prepares for his upcoming title fight. 

“Any opportunity to train with [Kelvin] I’ll take it,” said Dariush noting, “He does resemble my opponent.”

With all of this work with middleweights, one might think that Dariush is avoiding guys his size, but he isn’t always the one picking the larger sparring partners. 

“Marvin calls me every day for training—he won’t leave me alone... I try not to [spar the big guys],” he laughed. “But it tends to work out that way. I’ve got guys my size, but it just doesn’t seem to work out that way.”

Joking aside, Dariush is confident going into Saturday’s bout at UFC Fight Night 146 in Wichita. Training with the big guys, as well as those roughly his size, has gone according to plan as he looks to make it two straight. 

“I’m getting some of the best training that I’ve ever had. As far as being prepared, that's not going to be an issue,” he said. “I have a lot of great training partners, man. Kings MMA...we have some of the best guys in the world. Just having those guys has been real helpful.”

Fight Camp Or Fat Camp? UFC Nashville Fighters Reveal Their Food Secrets

Ever wonder what fighters gorge themselves on after they're done cutting weight and fighting? 

Bobby Moffett Doesn't Trust Judges, Plans To Submit Bryce Mitchell

Bobby Moffett vs. Jonathan Jackson Replay

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloCombat!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

In the 14 victories that he’s accumulated in his career, UFC Fight Night 148: Nashville’s Bobby Moffett has amassed only one by way of decision. He steps into the cage this weekend with undefeated prospect Bryce Mitchell looking to make it four straight finishes, all by way of D'arce choke.  Although he’s got another D’arce on his mind, his main priority lies in a slightly different area. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: UFC Nashville Breakdown, Best Walkout Songs

On this week’s Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat, Gumby and Dave cover UFC Fight Night 148: Nashville in style, and what screams Nashville like music? So they’re counting down the top five most iconic walkout songs. 

Bellator 218's Johnny Eblen Is Not Your Average Wrestler

Another Bellator MMA event, another blue-chip wrestling prospect ready to show the world he can fight.

Dear UFC, Sign Titan FC Champion Jason Soares

Undefeated Titan FC featherweight champion Jason Soares has nothing left to prove on the regional scene.

Randy Costa vs. Brandon Davis In The Works For UFC 236

Randy Costa vs. Kenny Lewis | Cage Titans 40

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloCombat!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Randy Costa is sending it to the UFC.

XFN 23 Full Preview, How To Watch On FloCombat

Saturday night, one of the Southeast’s most exciting MMA promotions, XFN, returns for another action-packed night of combat.

XFN 23: Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva's Daughter, Anne Ribeiro, Makes MMA Debut

Mixed martial arts runs in Anne Ribeiro’s veins, so it only makes sense she’s competing at XFN 23. 

Shamrock FC 316's Evan Elder Inspired By Teammate Kamaru Usman

Evan Elders vs. Antonio Atkins - SFC 309

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloCombat!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

When Dana White wrapped the belt around Kamaru Usman’s waist at UFC 235, the victory extended beyond an individual accomplishment. After years of being one of the best coaches in the world, Henri Hooft finally had a UFC champion, and his team, Hard Knocks 365, could finally claim they won gold at the highest level. 

Shamrock FC 316 Full Preview, How To Watch: Dowdy, Elder Highlight Card

Shamrock FC 316's Jordan Dowdy Goes Retro

Oh boy. It’s happening again!