Beneil Dariush

Iran

Next fight on tap
LightweightUFC
November 29, 2020
Dariush will take on Diego Ferreira (undisclosed) in a lightweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Dariush will put his five-fight winning streak on the line in early Feburary in a rematch of a bout from 2014. Dariush most recently defeated Scott Holtzman via KO (spinning backfist) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in August. Ferreira has won his last six fights, but he hasn't entered the Octagon since January, when he defeated Anthony Pettis via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 246. Dariush has an edge in height, but Ferreira has a slight advantage in reach.
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Complications with Oliveira fight
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2020
Dariush announced via his Instagram on Monday that Charles Oliveira will no longer be partaking in their fight scheduled for the UFC event Oct. 3, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
There is currently not a further update as to why Oliveira had to back out of the fight but Dariush explained that his team is working with the UFC to figure out what the next step will be in terms of rescheduling the bout or potentially finding a new opponent for the Iranian. The UFC has yet to make an official announcement of the change.
Fight with Oliveira lined up
LightweightUFC
August 26, 2020
Dariush is expected to take on Charles Oliveira in a lightweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 3, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dariush will finally get the ranked opponent he desires, capitalizing on his five-fight winning streak that includes four consecutive stoppages and three Performance of the Night bonuses. That bonus streak would have surely been extended to four had he not missed weight for his last fight, but it's the first time that's happened in his career, so most are giving him the benefit of the doubt. Dariush will now take on one of the few fighters in the division as red-hot as he is, as Oliveira has racked up seven consecutive wins -- all by stoppage -- with six Performance of the Night bonuses along the way. Dariush has better averages in striking offense and defense than Oliveira, but the latter has the edge in takedown volume and accuracy. Both men stand at 5-foot-10, but Dariush will give up two inches in reach. It's an incredibly close and highly-intriguing matchup, and the winner could find himself on the fast track to a title shot in a stacked division.
Puts Scott Holtzman on highlight reel
LightweightUFC
August 9, 2020
Dariush defeated Scott Holtzman via KO (spinning backfist) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Dariush put together the perfect cocktail for those who rostered him in daily formats, as he racked up 36 significant strikes and a knockdown before finishing his opponent in the final minute of Round 1. He was clearly the better fighter in all aspects of the game that were on display here, and his defense held up as well, absorbing only nine significant strikes in the matchup. The highlight-reel knockout would have been a lock for a Performance of the Night bonus, but Dariush was ineligible after missing weight by two pounds Friday. It's the first time that has happened in his career, however, so there's no reason to suspect it's a major issue moving forward. While the chin has been questionable at times in the past, Dariush has now racked up five consecutive wins and is a legitimate contender in the lightweight division.
Misses weight for Saturday
LightweightUFC
August 7, 2020
Dariush missed weight by two pounds for Saturday's UFC Vegas 6 match versus Scott Holtzman, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Darius will reportedly surrender 20 percent of his purse for the fight to continue at a catchweight Saturday. It marks the first time in his career that he has failed to make weight for a UFC bout. It's unclear how much this might affect the betting odds -- Dariush sits as a (-190) favorite as of Friday morning.
Returning to Octagon in August
LightweightUFC
July 3, 2020
Dariush (knee) will fight Scott Holtzman on Aug. 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Dariush strung together four straight wins before injuring his knee following a March bout against Drakkar Klose. The 31-year-old was expected to miss at least six months, but now he's on track to beat that timeline by a month. Holtzman has won each of his last two fights -- one by decision and one by TKO.