UFC 262- Tony Ferguson vs Beneil Dariush: Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/12/2021, 12:56 AM EDT


UFC 262 will see an exciting lightweight clash between Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush go down in the co-main event. Both fighters, who have had a perennial presence in the company’s 155 lbs division, will lay it all on the line at the Toyota Center.

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Ferguson is perhaps one of the best, if not the best lightweight to ever grace the UFC Octagon. However, for the first time in his illustrious career, he is on a 2-fight skid. Defeats to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira brought an end to his 8-year-long undefeated streak spanning over 12 fights. Ferguson currently possesses a record of 25-5 with 12 T/KO and 8 submissions in his resume.

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)

As for Dariush, he is currently on a 6-fight winning streak in the UFC’s lightweight division. He last earned a split decision against Diego Ferreira in February. Spectacular finishes of Drew Dober, Frank Camacho, Drakkar Klose, and Scott Holtzman reveal his glittering form. Dariush has a record of 20-4 with 5 T/KO and 8 submission wins being the highlights of his career so far.

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Tony Ferguson vs Beneil Dariush: Analysis

Dariush thrives under chaos. This might be an important factor in a fight against Ferguson. Also, he possesses some wonderful power in his hands to hurt his opponents. His gas tank is also good and shouldn’t betray him in a 3-round fight.

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)

As for Ferguson, he goes to war every time he steps foot inside the Octagon. He is a true veteran with a ton of experience under his belt. But perhaps his recent performances show that his powers are on the wane. His most recent wins have been against the likes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, and Kevin Lee. All of them are currently struggling in their careers.

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Ferguson has been working on his boxing with Freddie Roach. However, one can argue that he became special on the back of his unorthodox style rather than perfection.

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Judging by recent form, Dariush might just edge Ferguson on the feet. This should open the chance for him to use his wrestling, hold Ferguson down on the mat, and coast to a decision. But with Ferguson, anything is possible if he can create the carnage he wants inside the Octagon.

With a new generation of contenders coming in, it seems though ‘El Cucuy‘ is on borrowed time at the top. Dariush is a representative of the new era who is on a roll.

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Final Prediction: Beneil Dariush by unanimous decision.

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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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