‘He is Too Nonchalant’- Tony Ferguson Says Everything is a Joke for Beneil Dariush

Published 05/14/2021, 11:36 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson smiles during his fight against Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)


UFC veteran Tony Ferguson is preparing for his clash against Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 come Saturday. He will look to end his run of 2 successive losses and find his way back to winning ways. Dariush, on the other hand, will fight his biggest fight to date and will certainly hope to emerge victorious.

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Recently, both of them made their presence at the pre-fight media conference. Both took verbal shots at each other, and Ferguson in particular had some choice words for his opponent.

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After the conference, Brett Okamoto took a solo interview with Ferguson and asked him about the animosity during the conference. “No, I just think he is too nonchalant,” Ferguson said.

“He f*cking throws everything like this a joke. I don’t play like that, I don’t play like that with his team you know, his management and everybody else they try to do things.”

He added further, “I said the exact things I needed to say to him and his team. I’m gonna go out there as much I possibly can, and they better got him f*cking ready man. So UFC 262, coming at you hard.”

‘El Cucuy’ got to know that Dariush helped Justin Gaethje prepare for the fight against him, which he lost at UFC 249. The defeat also ended his 12 fight winning streak, and he had a go at Dariush for the same.

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Recent stats of Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush

Ferguson (25-5) has scored 12 victories in his last 14 fights in the promotion. However, the two defeats that he suffered came in his last two fights. His first loss came at the hands of Gaethje at UFC 249 via a T(KO) finish in the 5th round.

His latest loss, at UFC 256, came at the hands of Charles Oliveira. ‘Do Bronx’ overpowered ‘El Cucuy’ in a grappling spectacle to claim a unanimous decision victory. Ferguson last won against Donald Cerrone via T(KO) at UFC 238.

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Dariush is riding high on confidence, coming off of 6 victories on the trot. His last two victories have come against two quality opponents in Diego Ferreira and Scott Holtzman.

It will be a big opportunity for Dariush to beat an elite fighter and continue his march towards a shot at the title. Ferguson, meanwhile, will be looking to find his way back to his lost mojo.

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Who will prevail in the end?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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