MMA Preview – Beneil Dariush vs Drakkar Klose at UFC 248

THE FACTS

When is UFC 248? Sunday 8th March, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 248? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 248 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 248? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC 248? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The second lightweight scrap of the night takes place between exciting talents Beneil Dariush and Drakkar Klose.

Dariush makes his 17th UFC appearance and has compiled a 11-4-1 record, which is very respectable, but to break the top ranks of the stacked lightweight division you need impeccable winning streaks. Dariush has all of the tools and big scalps of the likes of Rocco Martin, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Jim Miller and Michael Johnson and, after two brutal knockout losses to Edson Barboza and Alexander Hernandez sandwiching a draw against Evan Dunham, Dariush has strung three impressive wins together; outpointing Thiago Moises before submitting Drew Dober and Frank Camacho.

Klose only has one loss on his blossoming record, to David Teymur back in 2017. This was after winning his first two UFC fights and since his loss he is also on an impressive three-fight winning streak, earning classy unanimous decisions over Lando Vannata, Bobby Green and Christos Giagos.

THE PREDICTION

Klose is a tough fight for the majority of the division right now and this should be a tight and gritty contest. However, Dariush’s experience should pay dividends as the fight progresses.

This should be an even contest starting on the feet and if Dariush can get the better of the exchanges, wear Klose down, and get him on his back, his elite jiu-jitsu should finish the job.

Winner: Dariush via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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