Beneil Dariush Compares His Career With Max Holloway

Published 02/07/2021, 11:22 PM EST


Perennial UFC lightweight contender, Beneil Dariush, racked up yet another win this weekend at UFC Fight Night 184 against Brazilian Carlos Diego Ferreira. Dariush extended his winning streak to 6 in the lightweight division. What makes his win even more impressive is the fact that his opponent, Diego Ferreira, was unbeaten for five years before his defeat at the UFC Apex.

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Dariush pointed out the fact that the Brazilian deserved a higher-ranked opponent than him. He believed he deserved a higher-ranked counterpart as well. Subsequently, he likened the pathway of his career to that of former featherweight champion, Max Holloway’s.

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At the post-fight press conference, he said, “I actually got more emotional because Diego is 36 going to be 37. Soon, he put a win streak that last five years, I really thought he deserved someone even higher than me, I was 13 I thought he deserved someone in the top seven, maybe top five. So maybe that’s why I got so emotional. It’s for myself, I’m not really the kind of guy who gets too upset about these things.”

I don’t think anyone deserves anything. I watch a guy like Max Holloway get 10 wins in a row before he fought for the title. And I’m not gonna sit here and act like that. But you know, five years without losing for Diego, and then to come in here and to have a war with me,” he added.

I thought I thought maybe we could do this closer to the belt if not for the belt,” he concluded.

Beneil Dariush deserves a top contender next

Dariush has been around the lightweight division for a long time now and has certainly made his case for a fight against a top-ranked opponent next. The UFC top brass may share the same notions and match the Iranian born fighter against one of the higher-ranked fighters in his next outing for 2021.

The 155 pounds division is a shark tank and new contenders to challenge the likes of Dan Hooker, Tony Ferguson, and the other mid-ranked lightweights are necessary.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Beneil Dariush of Iran kicks Diego Ferreira of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Dariush will look to register the wins as he knows that it is the only way he can truly emulate ‘Blessed’ Holloway.

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What did you make of Beneil Dariush’s Max Holloway comparison? Who should Dariush fight next?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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