Drakkar Klose, fresh off a slam knockout win at UFC Austin, expressed a strong desire to run it back with Beneil Dariush at UFC 299. Dariush headlined the recent event and suffered a brutal knockout loss to Arman Tsarukyan. Klose had previously been knocked out by Dariush at UFC 248, and he feels haunted by that memory.
Klose revealed that the knockout loss to Dariush has been a constant source of motivation for him, and he believes that he had Dariush on the ropes in their previous encounter. He expressed a desire to avenge the loss and rectify what he sees as a turning point in Dariush’s career.
Despite the challenges and setbacks he has faced, including injuries and a lengthy hiatus, Klose remains determined to make his mark in the lightweight division. He believes that the UFC has not fully recognized his value, and he aims to prove himself by securing notable victories.
While Klose is open to a rematch with Dariush, he also expressed a willingness to face other top-ranked opponents and climb the lightweight rankings. His ultimate goal is to crack the top five by the following year.
The UFC 299 event takes place on March 9, and Klose is eager to secure a meaningful fight to continue his journey in the lightweight division.