At UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Oleinik, Dariush will look to add another highlight reel finish to his resume when he takes on Scott Holtzman. It’s a matchup that Dariush has anticipated and welcomes, despite the fact that he believes he deserves to be fighting ranked opponents.

“I was hoping to fight someone in the top ten and I was working my butt off in the gym but when we went through the list no one was available,” Dariush said. “I didn’t want to sit around and wait, and Scott Holtzman is someone I thought I would fight anyway. He is an awesome guy who puts on great fights and he’s never been finished before. He’s a puzzle and that’s something I love about this fight. He’s a challenge, and when I retire, I want to know I faced the hardest competition out there.”

Dariush knows that after he defeated the dark times he faced back in 2018, he can beat any challenge that he encounters in the Octagon. He believes he’s hitting his stride and is ready to make his true climb to the top.

“Deep down at heart I’m just a barbarian that loves every second of competing at the highest level,” Dariush said. “I think right now I’m capable of finishing anyone, from the champion to number 1,000. I have the ability to put anyone away, I just have to show up the day of the fight.”


Tune into watch Dariush fight Holtzman on the UFC Vegas 6 main card on ESPN+ at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.