Beneil Dariush delivered not just one of the best comebacks of 2020 but one of the best rounds of the year, as well, when he knocked out Drakkar Klose in the second round of their bout at UFC 248.
In round two, Klose swarmed Dariush and nearly ended the fight with a series of heavy strikes. As many fans expected Klose to continue overwhelming his hurting opponent, Dariush instead was the one that lifted to another level as he returned fire and changed the momentum. Now it was Klose who was hurt as Dariush landed a damaging hook before connecting with yet another hook to stop Klose and send him tumbling.
Dariush’s comeback was well-respected here at The Body Lock with two of our six members voting this as the best comeback of 2020. Dariush’s win had equal most votes as Alistair Overeem’s comeback against Walt Harris but won a tiebreaker as Overeem’s win collected just one first-place vote.
Full results for The Body Lock’s 2020 Comeback of the Year award:
- Beneil Dariush def. Drakkar Klose (8 votes, wins tiebreak)
- Alistair Overeem def. Walt Harris (8 votes)
- Brian Kelleher def. Hunter Azure (7 votes)
In a video posted to The Body Lock’s YouTube channel, Ant Walker and Matthew Wells discussed this year’s Comeback of the Year award and shared their take on Dariush’s big comeback win, Overeem’s performance against Harris, and more.
- Walker voted Dariush (#1), Hooper (#2), and Overeem (#3)
- Wells voted Kelleher (#1), Hooper (#2), Dariush (#3)
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.