BREAKING: Tony Ferguson Has a New Opponent- UFC Looking to Book Fight Date for May 15

Published 03/12/2021, 2:11 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Lightweight contender Tony Ferguson is coming off a rough patch with 2 losses against the likes of Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira.

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However, he was on an incredible run before that, having recorded 14 wins on the trot. He had dominated the entire weight class, and he is still a bigwig in the division regardless of his losses.

He is ranked #5 in the official UFC rankings and fights against contenders like Dan Hooker and Rafael dos Anjos. However, we have now learned that the UFC is planning to book him against Beneil Dariush on May 15th.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Tony Ferguson in their lightweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Iranian-American fighter is ranked #8 in the rankings and has an impressive record of 20-4-1. He is on an incredible streak of 6 fights, with his last win coming over Carlos Ferreira on 6th February. The fight won the ‘Fight of the Night’ honor.

Ferguson has been asking for a fight for a while now. Contrary to Dariush, his last fight was a loss against Charles Oliveira, who climbed to #3 in the rankings.

The fight wasn’t completely one-sided, but Oliveira got the win via a unanimous decision. After that loss ‘El Cucuy’s‘ record reads 25 -5.

Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush: The tale of the tape

Ferguson is known for his incredible striking and breakneck speed. He is no slouch on the ground either and is a former NCWA wrestler.

On the other hand, Dariush is a Jiu-Jitsu specialist and has recorded 8 wins via submission. His last fight was a split decision victory, and he has never lost a fight where he has gone the distance.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Beneil Dariush of Iran kicks Diego Ferreira of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

That streak might be in danger as Ferguson looks formidable and has his eyes set on another deep run at the Lightweight strap.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is still the current champion. He announced his retirement after his victory against Justin Gaethje, but UFC President Dana White is sure that he will fight again.

Do you think Beneil Dariush can survive the storm that is Tony Ferguson? Or will ‘El Cucuy’ continue on this downward spiral?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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