‘The Goal Is to Out Crazy Tony’– Beneil Dariush Warns Tony Ferguson Ahead of UFC 262

Published 04/06/2021, 10:49 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 06: Tony Ferguson reacts to his victory over Abel Trujillo in their lightweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Beneil Dariush is one of the best lightweight fighters in the UFC. The Iranian-born has been performing brilliantly, winning his last six fights. Dariush is now gearing up to take on former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. ‘El Cucuy’ has not been in substantial form lately and has lost his last two matches.

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Dariush and Ferguson are all set to compete at UFC 262, and both the fighters seem ready. Dariush would love to extend his winning streak while Ferguson would like to get back to winning ways.

What does Beneil Dariush has planned for the fight?

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After Ferguson lost his last two fights, the public opinion of the fighter has changed. People are starting to believe it’s the end for the former interim champ. However, Dariush is not someone who believes that and wants to take on Ferguson at his best.

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“I think by the general public, yes, but for me, I try to look at his best fights where he was at his sharpest and I want to go after that Tony, that’s the Tony I am trying to beat.”

Tony Ferguson has a unique style of fighting, and Dariush joked about how he plans to deal with that.

” I’ve been joking about this, but ill tell you the same thing I told everybody else, the goal is to out crazy tony, so let’s see how that goes.” 

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It is difficult to prepare against someone like Ferguson; he is exciting; he is difficult to read, and he is unpredictable.

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)

“You never know what he’s going to do. If that’s not exciting to you, I don’t know what is. Prepare the best you can, but you do not know what he’s gonna do. You just don’t. It makes actually training for him really difficult, too. Because, what I am going to drill? What am I going to focus on? I’m kinda enjoying this. It’s a freedom I haven’t felt in a while.”

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Ferguson has a great MMA record and apart from his last 2 fights, ‘El Cucuy’ has always been a top performer. While Beneil Dariush has been on a great run and seems unstoppable, a fight with Ferguson won’t be easy. Whatever the result of the fight may be, it will be great to see these two talented fighters battle it out.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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