BREAKING: Tony Ferguson Return Fight Announced for UFC 262

Published 03/29/2021, 11:31 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Tony Ferguson celebrates after his submission victory over Kevin Lee in their interim UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 216 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson has officially been announced to return to the Octagon at UFC 262. Ferguson will be facing #9 ranked Lightweight Beneil Dariush.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

That is a fall-off in level of competition for Ferguson, who has faced 2 world title caliber opponents in his last 2 losses. However, Dariush is more dangerous than what his rank suggests.

This is a massive fight for Ferguson, who is looking to keep his UFC tenure alive. While it is unlikely the UFC will release him unceremoniously, another loss could have the questions around whether he should still be fighting become even more intense. Along with that, what does Ferguson do if he is not in title contention after his long UFC career?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dariush is a fantastic opponent to match him up against. The BJJ specialist should match up well with Tony, who is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC.

However, his striking failed him against Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira. Is the story going to be different now?

Tony Ferguson: Can he end his losing streak?

Tony Ferguson is a bad man, but so is Beneil Dariush. He is coming off 6 consecutive wins in the UFC Lightweight division. His latest one was a Fight of the Night special against Carlos Ferreira in February.

Ferguson’s last fight was in December when he lost to Charles Oliveira. Oliveira is now challenging for the UFC Lightweight title against Michael Chandler.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 05: Tony Ferguson of the United States raises his hand after facing Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ferguson’s dreams of becoming an undisputed champion are still alive. While those chances became a lot bleaker in 2021, they aren’t over yet.

A good win over Dariush could have him right back at the top of the rankings. He has fantastic BJJ, but uses his striking to do damage. That may be more effective against Dariush, who isn’t the same striker as Ferguson’s last opponents.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dariush is a major submission threat, but we know from the Oliveira fight that getting Ferguson to tap out is a chore. Hopefully, some fireworks will fly when they meet up.

UFC 262 is expected to have Chandler and Oliveira headline the title, so Ferguson can make a statement on the biggest stage for the division. Or Dariush can establish himself as an elite fighter.

DIVE DEEPER

‘Help Him Retire’- Islam Makhachev Wants Dream Fight Against Tony Ferguson

2 months ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Ishaan Bhattacharya

1510 articles

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT