Beneil Dariush opened up UFC Vegas 6 with an amazing walk-off knockout over Scott Holtzman, earning his fifth win in a row.
Lightweights Beneil Dariush and Scott Holtzman kicked off the UFC Vegas 6 main card on Saturday. In a bit of a facepalm moment, however, Dariush, who had proclaimed far and wide that he would have preferred a ranked opponent, missed weight for the fight. However, Dariush may be across the octagon from a ranked foe following his fight against Holtzman at UFC Vegas 6.
Dariush and Holtzman started off quickly on Saturday night, both winging shots in the opening seconds. Holtzman landed a devastating eye poke only seconds in, which was the hardest strike in the fight to that point. He followed it up with a groin strike, then another eye poke. Herb Dean shockingly didn’t make a point despite three illegal infractions in the span of a minute. However, it didn’t matter to Dariush. Dariush came out hot following the illegal shots, and Dariush landed a huge combination punctuated by a knee that stunned Holtzman. Holtzman shot for a takedown and attempted to clear his mind after numerous hard shots, however, the takedown was stuffed. Dariush unloaded with some more hard shots against the cage, and then right as Holtzman seemed recovered, he was put to sleep following a clean spinning back fist from Dariush. It was the second straight walk-off knockout for Dariush, and it came in the face of massive adversity following the illegal blows to begin the fight.
OH MY GOODNESS! @BeneilDariush w/ the spinning back fist! #UFCVegas6 on E+ pic.twitter.com/ahMwbRJkbM
— UFC (@ufc) August 9, 2020
Beneil Dariush has won five in a row, four of which were finishes. Lightweight may have its next big problem in Dariush, especially if he fights the way he did against Holtzman. He may get his wish in his next fight, a top-15 fighter at 155.
Beneil Dariush def. Scott Holtzman by KO (Spinning Backfist) in Round 1 (4:38)