UFC 262 Tony Ferguson Style & Form:
The days when fans nacked Tony Ferguson to strip Khabib of the Lightweight title seem to be long gone. His TKO defeat to Justin Gaethje in May 2020 has put his Lightweight title aspirations on hold. The loss to Charles Oliveira has further crippled his chances. He is looking to break the curse with a victory over the ninth-ranked fighter in Beneil Dariush.
Tony Ferguson is a favorite among UFC fans because of his creative fighting style and eccentric personality. His UFC path began in The Ultimate Fighter series where he made his name known.
Ferguson made his UFC debut in 2011 and has had a magnificent career as a fighter, competing against top UFC talent and coming out the victor. Tony went on a 12-fight winning streak from October 2013 to May 2020. He won the Lightweight championship against Kevin Lee but was later stripped of the title due to injury.
Ferguson’s fighting style is very creative and intense. He pushes the tempo and can go five rounds at a very high tempo. His BJJ is elite, and he holds a black belt at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. He was also a college wrestler and won the 2006 NCWA national championship in the 165-ib division.
Tony also trains boxing under Rashad Halloway and Muay-Thai under Billy Fonua.
UFC 262: Beneil Dariush Style & Form
Beneil Dariush has also been fighting in the UFC for quite some time, making his debut in January 2014. He is currently on a 6-fight winning streak and is on a path toward the top of the division if he keeps it up.
Dariush has an MMA record of 20 victories, 4 losses, and one draw. Eight of his victories have been submissions and five were KO/TKOs, leaving seven decisions.
Dariush made his first fighting steps as a BJJ student and found success very early on. He earned his black belt in just five years and was a very successful competitor, becoming no-gi world champion as a blue, purple, and brown belt.
Dariush also holds a black belt in Muay-Thai under Rafael Cordeiro.
Beneil Dariush has a similar fighting style to Tony Ferguson, and they are both very dangerous on the ground. Dariush uses pressure extremely well to get his opponents into a position where he can finish the fight, and his eight submissions back it up.
The one thing that sets him apart from Tony is the power in his striking. Tiny is more of a volume striker and can keep the pace for a long time. Dariush is always looking for a knockout blow and puts a lot of power in his shots.
UFC 262 Ferguson vs Dariush Bets
These two fighters are very closely matched and the fight could go either way. Tony is a very resilient fighter and refuses to give up. But he has slowed down in his last two fights, and the fact that this fight will only go three rounds is a disadvantage for him.
Dariush has a lot of momentum behind him and he is a very dangerous fighter. The three-round fight will allow him to throw his power shots at Tony without having to watch his stamina too much.
We have Dariush taking this one at 1,58 odds.