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

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/3Vn5zNSJUzTCeKMrMD6wW5/265927”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Ryan Benoit”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

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.

Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie