Ryan Benoit is all messed up after that brutal head-kick KO win at UFC-Sydney

Ryan Benoit may have scored a spectacular knockout victory at UFC Fight Night 121, but he didn’t leave the octagon without some battle wounds.

Benoit (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) delivered a highlight reel knockout in Saturday’s featured preliminary bout when he starched Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a third-round head kick in their flyweight bout, which took place at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

It was a frustrating outing for Benoit, who for the overwhelming majority of the nearly 13-minute fight was forced to chase Mokhtarian around the octagon. Mokhtarian was using a movement-heavy style of fighting, but eventually Benoit tagged him with a kick and put the lights out.

Although it was a sensational win, Benoit was unable to speak to the media afterward because of damage sustained to his hand early in the fight. He provided an update from the hospital, though, and evidently it wasn’t just his hand that was worse for war.

Benoit shared a photo on social media that not only showed his hand wrapped up, but his foot, as well (via Instagram):

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Sticks and stones will break your bones…. how come momma never told me that a super tough opponent with a strong chin and head will also (heal). Traveling across the world and changing time zones is no joke this week was a grind and tough adjusting to the jet lag and prepping for a midday fight. The 🇦🇺 people have been great. Time to rest up and heal up. Be back soon 🇺🇸

Benoit was one of the few fighters on the UFC Fight Night 121 card to finish his bout inside the distance. Unfortunately, “Baby Face” was ineligible for a fight-night bonus due to the fact he missed weight by three pounds. He has yet to address why he came in overweight.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 121 video highlights: Ryan Benoit KOs Ashkan Mokhtarian

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Ryan Benoit seemed frustrated through much of his fight against Ashkan Mokhtarian, who did plenty of circling when he wasn’t landing his left hand. But Benoit capitalized when he needed to.

Benoit (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) knocked Mokhtarian (13-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) out with a head kick in the third round – when he potentially was down a pair of rounds on the scorecards. The end came at the 2:38 mark of the final frame.

The catchweight bout (Benoit missed the flyweight limit) closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Check out the finish in the highlights video clip above.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Patient Ryan Benoit KOs Ashkan Mokhtarian with head kick in third

Ryan Benoit seemed frustrated through much of his fight against Ashkan Mokhtarian, who did plenty of circling when he wasn’t landing his left hand. But Benoit capitalized when he needed to.

Benoit (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) knocked Mokhtarian (13-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) out with a head kick in the third round – when he potentially was down a pair of rounds on the scorecards. The end came at the 2:38 mark of the final frame.

The catchweight bout (Benoit missed the flyweight limit) closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Mokhtarian circled back and forth on the outside. Benoit stayed in the middle. The two looked for openings, and 45 seconds in Mokhtarian threw a left hand. Another one drilled Benoit and wobbled him. Mokhtarian immediately moved in and tried to take Benoit down, but couldnt’ get him to the canvas. Benoit broke things off, but Mokhtarian landed another left, then again drove in, but Benoit pushed off. Mokhtarian went back to circling outside, but ate a body kick from Benoit.

Mokhtarian pumped a jab out, then continued to circle left and right and back again. With two minutes left, Mokhtarian tried a pair of inside leg kicks, then a third and fourth. Benoit started to grow tired of Mokhtarian’s circling strategy, and that forced him to get more aggressive. He landed a pair of punches just before the horn.

Benoit missed with a looping left hand early, but landed not long after that as a counter to a Mokhtarian right. Benoit landed a head kick that appeared to briefly stun Mokhtarian, but Mokhtarian landed one of his own not long after. Benoit pumped a right jab out, then had to back away from a Mokhtarian combination. Mokhtarian was on the money with a right, then a left back in the middle. Benoit threw anotehr high kick, but it was mostly blocked by Mokhtarian.

With two minutes left, Mokhtarian just missed a left uppercut and continued to throw big. With 90 seconds left, Mokhtarian again caught Benoit with a heavy left hand. Benoit stayed on his feet and tried to return fire with a kick. Benoit seemed to hurt Mokhtarian a little with a right, then tried to chase him down. With 30 seconds left, Mokhtarian threw a spinning back fist that just missed. And with 10 seconds left, he landed a takedown and got a few punches in before the horn to tighten the round up.

Benoit came out aggressively in the third, but 30 seconds in Mokhtarian landed another left hand. Benoit drilled Mokhtarian with a low kick a miute in, then faked a couple more. Mokhtarian landed a left, but a Benoit counter right was more crisp. So was one right after it, but it was met with a spinning back fist from Mokhtarian. Benoit’s percentages may have been better, but it was Mokhtarian landing the bigger punches.

But then out of nowhere, midway through the round, Benoit threw up a head kick and it was on the money. He drilled Mokhtarian with the right kick and put him instantly on the canvas. Benoit dropped down to finish the job, but the referee was quickly in to make the stoppage official.

Benoit’s up-and-down UFC run continued with the return to the win column. He has alternated wins and losses for his past nine fights, including six in the UFC. Mokhtarian lost for the second straight time, both in the UFC, after signing with the promotion on a six-fight winning streak. He now is on a losing skid for the first time in his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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Flyweight Ryan Benoit explains 'Navy SEAL' approach to UFC Fight Night 121 preparations

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Ryan Benoit’s next opponent might be only 0-1 in the octagon, but he refuses to reduce him to that.

Benoit (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) meets Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 121 event while looking to get back on the winning path after a split-decision loss to Brandon Moreno last December. And while Mokhtarian’s only octagon showing had him dropping a unanimous nod to John Moraga, Benoit refuses to see anything less than a very tough guy on the opposite corner.

“First fight in the UFC – you definitely get those UFC jitters, and things are going to throw you off,” Benoit told MMAjunkie Radio. “So I give him the benefit of the doubt in that situation. I’m preparing for this guy like he’s the best striker on the planet – (like he’s) the best grappler on the planet.

“I think this is by far the most in shape I’ve been for a fight. This is the most prepared I’ve been for a fight, mentally.”

The flyweight bout is set to close out the FS1-one televised preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 121, which takes place on Sunday (but airs in the U.S. on Saturday due to time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Benoit knows firsthand what it’s like to come up short in your first octagon outing. After all, he was the one on the losing end of a rear-naked choke in his debut – a “Fight of the Night” affair against Josh Sampo in 2013. Benoit has since alternated wins – over Sergio Pettis and Fredy Serrano – and losses – to Sampo, Moreno and Ben Nguyen.

As he looks to get back on track, Benoit feels “phenomenal.” Since he started doing part of his training out of Las Vegas, where he works alongside coach Ricky Lundell, the Texas native started really seeing what the city can offer to high-level fighters.

“There’s an unlimited amount of sparring partners,” Benoit said. “There’s an unlimited amount of trainers and gyms and coaches out here. This is where you have to be if you want to make it.”

Other than that, the flyweight can attribute his shift in mentality to a change made for this particular camp. Benoit, who was used to having his family close during training, stepped away from them for a little longer this time around. That type of distancing, Benoit ponders, has different results on different fighters.

So how did it go for him?

“It just turned me into an absolute killing machine,” Benoit said. “It kind of brought out some different stuff in me. And put like a different type of focus in me. I kind of go back to Navy SEAL kind of training – is that these guys don’t get to talk to their family.

“They don’t speak to their family. They’re completely isolated, just with the brothers and the guys that they’re around. And they go to war and perform at their best that way.

“So I kind of tried to put myself in this Navy SEAL mind frame, to where everything is going to be hard. And I’m here for a purpose. And I’m not going to let any distractions, emotion or anything get in my way. Try to control my emotions and try to put them into hard work. And I’m very focused on the process right now.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2553 with Ovince Saint Preux, Ryan Benoit, Abel Trujillo, Ricky Lundell

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ovince Saint Preux, Ryan Benoit, Abel Trujillo and Ricky Lundell.

Saint Preux fights Corey Anderson at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, Benoit meets Ashkan Mokhtarian at UFC Fight Night 121 on Nov. 19, and Trujillo takes on John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16. MMA coach Lundell and Benoit were in-studio guest hosts.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ovince Saint Preux, Abel Trujillo, Ryan Benoit, Ricky Lundell (in studio)

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ovince Saint Preux, Abel Trujillo, Ryan Benoit and Ricky Lundell.

Saint Preux takes on Corey Anderson next week at UFC 217 in New York. Trujillo returns in December to take on John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26. UFC flyweight Benoit will co-host the show in the studio and will be joined by notable MMA coach Lundell to help us break down Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card in Brazil. Benoit has a fight coming up at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia against Ashkan Mokhtarian.

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Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian added to UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia

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Two flyweights have been added to the UFC’s upcoming return to Australia.

Officials announced on Tuesday that Ryan Benoit (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are set to meet at UFC Fight Night 121.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Benoit, a 27-year-old, made his UFC debut in 2013 and suffered a submission loss to Josh Sampo in a “Fight of the Night” performance. He’s since experienced uneven results and has alternated wins and losses during his UFC tenure. Most recently, he followed up a split-decision win over Fredy Serrano with a split-decision defeat to Brandon Moreno in December.

He now meets Mokhtarian, a 31-year-old Iranian-Australian fighter who won six straight fights to earn a UFC contract earlier this year. However, in his promotional debut, the veteran of the Australian regional circuit, who has 12 stoppages in 13 career wins, suffered a one-sided decision loss to John Moraga at the UFC’s June event in New Zealand.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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