With no replacement for Beneil Dariush, Drakkar Klose off of UFC on ESPN+13

UFC lightweight Drakkar Klose won’t be fighting at UFC on ESPN+ 13 after all.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Klose’s opponent, Beneil Dariush, was injured and off of Saturday’s card. After a brief opponent search by the promotion, the bout has been scrapped.

Late Tuesday night, Klose (10-1-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) officially announced the news on his Instagram page.

“I would like to inform all my Friends, Family, and Fans who bought tickets to come see me fight in Sacramento, unfortunately I will not be fighting on the card,” Klose wrote. “It’s been a long 24hrs for me and my team. We are hoping to be placed on an upcoming Card soon. I’m sorry again for the inconvenience.

“We all lost money on this one, I could have potentially walked away with over 100k and now I go home with nothing, but apparently that is part of the game. Thank you for all the support hoping to get back in there soon.

He added, “PS. Stay in School!!”

Klose, 31, last competed in December at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee. The MMA Lab product defeated Bobby Green via unanimous decision. The Michigan-born lightweight has won four out of his five UFC appearances since his promotional debut in 2017. The canceled bout against Dariush (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) marks the first scrapped bout of Klose’s UFC tenure.

Like Klose, Dariush also is riding two-straight victories. After going winless through three bouts from late 2017 to early 2018, Dariush defeated Thiago Moises and Drew Dober. This is the seventh time Dariush bout has fallen through, but only the second time due to his withdrawal.

With the fight removal, the UFC on ESPN+ 13 lineup now includes:

Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd
Urijah Faber vs. Ricky Simon
Mirsad Bektic vs. Josh Emmett
Karl Roberson vs. Wellington Turman
Cezar Ferreira vs. Marvin Vettori
John Allan vs. Mike Rodriguez
Andre Fili vs. Sheymon Moraes
Nicco Montano vs. Julianna Pena
Darren Elkins vs. Ryan Hall
Jonathan Martinez vs. Liu Pingyuan
Livinha Souza vs. Brianna VanBuren
Benito Lopez vs. Vince Morales

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 13, check out the UFC schedule.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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