Beneil Dariush has sent the UFC world into a frenzy with what could be the KO of the year.
Dariush was in action against Scott Holtzman at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday when he produced an insane spinning elbow KO.
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The American-Iranian’s forearm and elbow collided flush with Holtzman’s face, who went crashing to the canvas.
Referee Herb Dean immediately called off the fight as Dariush walked away triumphantly.
“Man, what a knockout,” former fighter Paul Felder said in commentary. “Are you kidding me right now.”
Fans and fellow commentators also flocked to social media in shock, with many calling it a KO of the year contender.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports wrote: “That’s a KO of the Year candidate for Beneil Dariush I’d say.”
Marc Raimondi said: “What?! Dariush with an absolutely insane spinning back fist finish!!! Wowwww!!!”
While Brett Okamoto wrote: “Oh my GOD, Beneil Dariush. Just finished Scott Holtzman with a vicious spinning backhand in the first round. This, after he already hurt him badly with a knee. Walkoff spinning backhand. Top 10 opponent here we come.”
That’s a KO of the Year candidate for Beneil Dariush I’d say! #UFCVegas6— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) August 9, 2020
What?! Dariush with an absolutely insane spinning back fist finish!!! Wowwww!!! #UFCVegas6— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) August 9, 2020
Oh my GOD, Beneil Dariush. Just finished Scott Holtzman with a vicious spinning backhand in the first round. This, after he already hurt him badly with a knee. Walkoff spinning backhand. Top 10 opponent here we come.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 9, 2020
Man. Beaut of a KO by Beneil Dariush. A spinning back forearm/elbow. He might have secured his fourth straight performance bonus. Second straight walkoff KO for Dariush this year.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 9, 2020
Dariush has now won five-straight fights, with four coming via knockout or submission.
However he apologised after the fight, saying he was embarrassed to have missed weight.
“I gotta say even though I won, I’m super embarrassed how it went yesterday,” Dariush said.
“I missed weight. Dana (White), if you’re listening and that was performance worthy, give it to Scott. That’s the right thing to do.”
Heavyweight battle in main event
Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik square off in the main event of UFC Vegas 6.
Lewis (23-7, 18 KOs) is coming into the fight in the best shape of his life after having knee surgery last year and finally taking his training seriously.
In the opposite corner, the 43-year-old Oleinik (59-13-1, 8 KOs) enters the bout with a significant grappling advantage.
“The Boa Constrictor” will look to counter Lewis’ power in hopes of exploiting his limited grappling ability to get in position for the 47th submission of his long career.
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