Beneil Dariush: Resurgence

#UFCVegas6 @beneildariush: Resurgence

On UFC Vegas 6, Beneil Dariush takes on the very tough Scott Holtzman. Riding a four fight win streak, Dariush is fighting the best he’s ever fought and looks to be in the best form of his career. Having been in the UFC since 2014, he’s been a mainstay of the promotion for six years now. Winner of four Performance of the Night awards, Dariush is fun fight on any card.

Dariush started his mixed martial arts journey as exercise. He’s known to be a grappling specialist, which is where he got his start. The ever dangerous threat on the ground, Beneil Dariush didn’t embark on this journey to fight originally. A few short years later, Dariush was fighting as a professional.

“I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when I was 18 to stay in shape. Originally had no plans to compete. With a little encouragement from my coach I started to compete. Two years later I had my first pro MMA fight.”

Outside of competition, Dariush is a family man and enjoys time with his family, who he is very close with. “I like spending time with my family. I spend most of my free time with my nieces doing activities or trying new food.”

The Resurgence of Beneil Dariush

Dariush suffered his last loss in early 2018 to the then-hot prospect, Alexander Hernandez. Since then, Dariush has come alive, winning four straight and notching three of his Performance of the Night awards against Drew Dober, Frank Camacho, and Drakkar Klose. When asked about what’s changed, Beneil Dariush says not much. He says he’s simply more efficient in his training.

“I don’t know if I’ve changed anything up in terms of training. I think I’ve gotten better at staying healthy which allows me to train harder,” says Dariush.

His fight at UFC Vegas 6 is another tough task for the Iranian-born fighter. Holtzman is very durable and brings the pace the entire fight. Dariush and his camp are well aware of this and have planned accordingly. “Lots of sprints,” Darius said. “I have to keep a high pace for the entirety of the fight.”

Dariush was on the winning end of an absolutely insane win at UFC 248. The fight was back and forth with Klose that saw both Dariush hurt and, ultimately, Klose finished. Dariush took issue with Klose’s corner for questioning his cardio. Dariush said, “I was pissed at Klose’s corner for saying ‘He’s tired.’ I work too hard to get tired.”


It’s well known that Beneil Dariush is very religious. He doesn’t fight for self glory, instead he fights for the glory of God, which is his first priority. “I want to reach as far as possible in my job, but most importantly glorify God in the process.”

Dariush wants to remind everyone why he does what he does. “I thank God for the people I’m surrounded with and all the opportunities I have received.” And he’s received many great chances in traveling and the opportunity to fight in an incredible organization.

Be sure to follow Beneil Dariush on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to follow his career.

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Blaine Henry

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