Dariush Takes Home 2024 Forrest Griffin Community Award

The Forrest Griffin Community Award has a new recipient

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Top-ranked UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush (22-6-1 MMA, 16-6-1 UFC) was recognized as the 2024 recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Service Award, given to the UFC athlete who demonstrates above-and-beyond efforts in giving back to their communities through the sport of MMA or in other aspects of day-to-day life. In a press release from the UFC late Saturday night, Dariush, 34, joined the likes of Giga Chikadze, Max Holloway, the Nogueira brothers and Dustin Poirier to earn that distinction.
In Dariush’s instance, the promotion recognized him for his work with the Shlama Foundation, whose initiative is to help young children who may be underprivileged an opportunity to succeed in life with the correct resources. Dariush would host summits, autograph signings and giveaways to help benefit the organization monetarily and become recognized in the local community.

He also did similar work with Promise Child Ministries, responding to those in need by helping build orphanages to give the communities in Haiti a place to live and fulfill life goals.

UFC CEO Dana White said Dariush’s dedication to look beyond himself is what made him a worthy choice for the award.

Dariush and the rest of the 2024 UFC Hall of Fame class will be recognized Thursday, June 27, at the induction ceremony, which proceeds UFC 303 June 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.