Beneil Dariush is set for one of the biggest fights of his career when he faces Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 as the co-main event.
The two American mixed martial artists will go head-to-head in front of a capacity crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on the 16th of May. This marks just the second time that a stadium will be choc-a-bloc with UFC fans since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Every UFC fan is expecting a bit of chaos when these two incredible fighters face each other inside the octagon and Beneil also said to the press that his goal is to “out-crazy” Tony Ferguson.
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“El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson (26-5-0) comes into this match after two straight defeats with the first one coming to Justin Gathje at UFC 249 where he had the opportunity to grab the interim title, but lost via KO in the fifth round of the match. Seven months later, Ferguson stepped into the octagon to face Charles Oliviera and was outclassed by the Brazillian’s grappling skills over the five rounds and lost on a unanimous decision.
Dariush (20-4-1) meanwhile is on an incredible run of six consecutive victories. His latest wins include top oppositions like Diego Ferreira and Scott Holtzman. Beneil’s win against Ferreira was based on a split decision after a brilliant fighting display by both the fighters; and who can forget the brutal first-round KO to Scott Holtzman back in August 2020.
This should be a terrific fight considering the caliber of both fighters and given that they’ve got a lot to prove coming into the fight. Tony Ferguson will look to revive his career and bounce back from back-to-back defeats to prove that he is still at his best, while Dariush will go all out to claim that he could be a lightweight title contender. Whoever wins this fight will find themselves inside the top five of the lightweight division.
While Charles Oliviera and Michael Chandler face each other headline the UFC 262 event for the lightweight title, a dominant victory for either Dariush or Ferguson could earn them a title shot and the rewards that come with it.
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