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UFC on ESPN+ 4 Wichita - Exclusive Fighter Interviews

Our own Shakiel “Shak” Mahjouri recently interviewed UFC Fighters Beneil Dariush, and his competitor Drew Dober, who will appear this Sunday the 9th of March on the UFC on ESPN+ 4 Wichita card, featuring Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos.

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Our own Shakiel “Shak” Mahjouri recently interviewed Lightweight UFC Fighters Beneil Dariush, and his competitor Drew Dober who will fight at UFC Wichita (UFC FN 146) on Saturday the 9th of March out of Wichita, KS, USA, featuring Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos, appearing on ESPN+ 4.

1st: Beneil Dariush, “Drew Dober can’t keep up in the grappling department”:

Dariush last faced Thiago Moisés on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139, where he won the fight via unanimous decision, bringing Dariush to a 15-4-1 record. Dariush is scheduled to face Drew Dober at Wichita’s UFC Fight Night 146.

In his exclusive BE Presents interview with Shak, Beneil breaks down his upcoming fight with Drew Dober at UFC Wichita, the lack of Iranians in mixed martial arts, the controversial Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler stoppage, and how his viral multi-man spar with Fabricio Werdum and Kelvin Gastelum almost turned nasty.

Questions can be found at:
1:20 - Why don’t we see more MMA fighters from Iran?
3:32 - Beneil Dariush on Ben Askren-Robbie Lawler stoppage
7:03 - Beneil Dariush says “you never know what you get” with Fabricio Werdum in the gym
8:40 - Beneil Dariush on his 1-2-1 UFC stretch
9:40 - Beneil Dariush on Drew Dober fight
12:58 - Which loss hurt the most for Beneil Dariush?
13:54 - Beneil Dariush on what’s next
15:10 - Beneil Dariush predicts “finish” of Drew Dober

* Timestamps made for this YouTube video interview will vary by a few seconds from the combined audio show.


2nd: Drew Dober, “Guarantees ‘excitement’ at UFC Wichita”:

Shak also interviewed Lightweight UFC Fighter Drew Dober; who appears as Beneil’s competitor at UFC Wichita (UFC FN 146) on Saturday the 9th of March out of Wichita, KS, USA, featuring Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos. All bouts will all appear on ESPN+ 4.

Dober last faced Jon Tuck on August 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 135, where he won the fight via unanimous decision, bringing Dober to a 15-4-1 record. Dober is scheduled to face Beneil Dariush this weekend.

In his exclusive BE Presents interview with Shak, Drew opens up about his rough start in the UFC, his close friendship with Neil Magny, his emphasis on an exciting fight style, and wanting to fight Edson Barboza after fighting Beneil Dariush at UFC Wichita.

Questions can be found at:

1:48 - When did MMA as a career become viable for Drew Dober?
3:20 - Drew Dober’s rough start in the UFC
4:30 - Entertainment vs. sport in MMA
7:15 - PFL signing with ESPN
8:00 - Relationships with Neil Magny and Justin Gaethje
10:30 - The fine line between exciting and reckless fighting
11:40 - Drew Dober’s ultimate goal in MMA
12:55 - Beneil Dariush fight and what is next

* Timestamps made for this YouTube video interview will vary from the combined audio show.


You can follow Shak at, @ThisIsShak, or on the Pull No Punches Podcast with former UFC fighter, Kajan Johnson and our own Nick Baldwin.

To learn more on what Beneil and Drew had to say, listen to the combined audio interviews above on our SoundCloud player, or watch each interview on our YouTube channel. As always, if you enjoyed our show, give us a “REC” here on Bloody Elbow, or give us a “like” and a share over on one of our other BE Presents Channels: SoundCloud, YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, blubrry, TuneIn, OverCast, or Player FM – whichever one happens to be your listening platform of choice. While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to Bloody Elbow Presents; that way you’ll always be the first to get all of BE’s daily MMA offerings. For previous episodes of the show, check out our playlists on all of our BE Presents channels.

*Intro/Outro music on the audio production of the interviews has been provided by OxBow, starring Eugene S. Robinson.