Beneil Dariush

Iran

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.
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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.
To have knee injury examined
LightweightUFC
March 9, 2020
Dariush is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending clearance of a right knee injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dariush was able to secure a stoppage Saturday following several violent exchanges, but he didn't emerge from this matchup completely unscathed. He showed a tremendous amount of leg strength while riding the back of Klose for the entirety of the first round and still having enough energy left to stand and trade in the second. He'll be sidelined until Sept. 4 unless cleared earlier by an orthopedic doctor.
Scores huge KO win at UFC 248
LightweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Dariush defeated Drakkar Klose via KO (punch) at 1:00 of Round 2 at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Dariush's fourth-straight win and will result in his third-straight $50,000 post-fight bonus. It didn't come easy. Dariush was in all sorts of trouble before Klose gave him an opening to get back into the fight. Dariush was getting the worst of a prolonged striking exchange between the two and seemed to be in all sorts of trouble before Klose got overly aggressive and allowed Dariush to land a massive sweeping hook that turned his lights out. It was his first knockout win in nearly four years and just the fourth of his long professional career. Watching Dariush fight isn't a visually pleasing experience more often than not but he generally gets the job done. He somehow figures out a way to win and that's a unique trait that not all fighters on the UFC roster possess. Klose is a perfect example of that.
Added to UFC 248 card
LightweightUFC
December 21, 2019
Dariush (17-4-1) will take on Drakkar Klose (11-1-1) in a lightweight bout at UFC 248 on March 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair was scheduled to face off at UFC Sacramento in July, but Dariush was forced to withdraw from the fight for an undisclosed reason. Dariush has won five of his first six UFC matchups, most recently defeating Frank Camacho via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Singapore in October, a fight that earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. Klose is coming off a victory against Christos Giagos via unanimous decision at UFC 241 in August. Dariush carries advantages in height and reach, as well as striking volume and striking differential. The two fighters are nearly even in offensive wrestling metrics, but Dariush has a better takedown defense and a much more impressive resume heading into the fight.