'Are you kidding': UFC world erupts over 'absolutely insane' KO

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Beneil Dariush, pictured here knocking out Scott Holtzman at UFC Apex.
Beneil Dariush produced an insane contender for KO of the year. Image: UFC

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.”

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.”

Beneil Dariush, pictured here after his knockout victory over Scott Holtzman at UFC Fight Night.
Beneil Dariush reacts to his knockout victory over Scott Holtzman at UFC Fight Night. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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.

with Yahoo Sports US