‘If He Starts Spinning I Might Start Spinning as Well’- Beneil Dariush on Tony Ferguson’s Weird Techniques

Published 04/28/2021, 9:36 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)


Beneil Dariush returns to action next month at UFC 262 against Tony Ferguson. This is no doubt the biggest fight of Dariush’s career, given the stature of his opponent. ‘El Cucuy’ is one of the biggest names in the history of the UFC’s lightweight division. His fighting style, too, is unique and unpredictable.

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Dariush acknowledges this and vows to be prepared accordingly. Ferguson is a wild and unorthodox fighter. He never fails to bring an element of surprise. Rather than sticking to a certain plan, Ferguson creates chaos inside the Octagon and thrives on it. Dariush is looking to enjoy that feeling when steps across the cage against the former interim lightweight champion.

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I don’t really have a game plan for that because it’s unpredictable. The idea of trying to predict someone who is unpredictable, I think it’s just stressful. What I wanna do is kind of enjoy that ride. When he gets unpredictable, he gets funky, he tries that stuff.

The goal is not to get stressed out and like alright, let’s just enjoy it and see what we can do with it. That’s my goal with it. I don’t know if that’s gonna happen, but that’s my goal with it,” said Dariush.

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)

And you know when people get creative, it helps me get creative as well. So, I might try different things as well, I don’t know, we’ll see. I think I’ve thrown one spinning back fist in my whole career. If he starts spinning, I might start spinning as well. Who knows?

Beneil Dariush vs Tony Ferguson promises to be a barn burner

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Both Dariush and Ferguson possess unique skill sets. They are very creative and have the ability to hang on wherever the fight takes place. Also, both guys seem to embrace violence in a fight.

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 is looking to revamp his career by ending his 2-fight streak. The recent setback might just bring out the best version of ‘El Cucuy‘ at UFC 262. Dariush knows what he is up against. And a win will be massive for him. But he might have to fight a perfect fight to get that against Ferguson, who will be back with a vengeance.

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What did you make of Dariush’s assessment of Ferguson? Who gets it done at UFC 262? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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