As the year winds down, the UFC has chosen to conclude with a bang, delivering an action-packed Fight Night card in Austin, Texas. This event, scheduled for Saturday, features a collection of compelling and impactful matchups across various divisions, capturing the attention of MMA enthusiasts and setting the stage for memorable moments inside the octagon.
Main Event Showdown: Beneil Dariush vs. Arman Tsarukyan
The main event showcases a high-stakes battle between two top 10 lightweights, Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan. Dariush, aiming to rebound from a June loss to Charles Oliveira, had previously enjoyed an impressive eight-fight winning streak, positioning himself as a serious title contender. Despite the setback, Dariush remains a formidable force, eager to reassert his dominance in the lightweight division.
Standing in Dariush’s way is the resilient Arman Tsarukyan, who boasts a 7-1 record in his eight most recent fights. Tsarukyan’s lone loss came against Mateusz Gamrot in June 2022, making Gamrot a common opponent for both fighters. Dariush secured a decision victory over Gamrot in October 2022, adding an intriguing layer to this matchup. Tsarukyan’s recent wins over Damir Ismagulov and Joaquim Silva have propelled him to the No. 8 spot in the UFC rankings, setting the stage for a clash of rising stars in the lightweight division.