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Beneil Dariush aims to return in late summer after giving the brain time to rest

Beneil Dariush’s coach Rafael Cordeiro recently revealed that he had advised him to take time to recover after suffering major head trauma in 2023, and it appears he has listened, although the No. 7 ranked is still hoping to bounce back return to the top. Octagon by the end of the summer.

The 35-year-old Dariush had suffered a TKO loss last year followed by a knockout in the Octagon, but in addition, Cordeiro revealed last month that the star had also suffered one knockout and also fallen twice in training, leading leading to calls for him to take an extended timeout from the competition.

“The whole goal was to be patient and let my body and especially my brain rest,” Dariush told MMA Junkie Radio this week. “Everyone around me told me to rest. So I said I wouldn’t do anything too crazy.

“Six months of wrestling and hitting with mitts, and then I slowly started putting on the small gloves and sparring with small gloves, still really focused on wrestling. That started in May, just like now. I’ve had one session so far, I think, and it’s been really fun. I missed it quite a bit.”

Dariush admits he can be his own worst enemy as his desire to compete is still strong, but he has tried to take the wishes of those close to him into account, although he is determined to fight again this year.

“The problem with me is that one day I will have to kill the competitor in me. My desire is always to fight. That’s actually the problem. It sometimes gets in my way, but it also got me where I am today. I can’t complain too much about it. That being said, I obviously want to fight, but I am also someone who believes that God has His plans, and they are better plans.

“If his plan is, I’m done, then I’m done, but right now I don’t think that’s the situation. I think I’ll be back soon. If it were up to me, it would have been yesterday. But obviously I’m trying to be patient, listen to my coaches, my wife, my family and hopefully the end of summer or beginning of winter or something like that. I definitely want to fight before the year is over, that’s what I’m trying to say.