On May 15th, Beneil Dariush is set to put his six fight win streak on the line, against the man who once owned the longest in the division, Tony Ferguson. It’s a fight between the #5 and #9 ranked fighters in a stacked lightweight division.
Despite Tony Ferguson once boasting a twelve fight win streak, questions have been asked of him as of late, since suffering back to back defeats to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira. However, his next opponent, Dariush, isn’t letting those recent defeats fog his memory, and still remembers how “scary” El Cucuy can be to face.
In an interview with Marc Raimondi of ESPN MMA, Dariush gave his thoughts on how highly he regards Tony Ferguson as an opponent:
“There is something special about Tony,” Dariush told Marc Raimondi. “In my opinion, he’s either number one or number two as the greatest lightweights of all time. I understand he never had the belt, but look at what he did, the people he beat, he’s an outstanding lightweight. So to have this opportunity, it’s pretty special.”
On the same night they face off, the lightweight title will be on the line between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira. This gives either Beneil Dariush or Tony Ferguson a chance to be at the forefront of the new champion’s mind and stake their claim at the very top of the division.
- Ali Abdelaziz on Tony Ferguson: “I think it’s going to be the last fight of his career.”
- Aleksandar Rakic ‘motivated’ and ‘excited’ for Jiri Prochazka: “This fight makes sense.”
- Covington on Nick Diaz: “Everybody knows he’s coming back for a cash grab. He’s washed up.”
- Ali Abdelaziz wants Gaethje versus Felder: “For fun, for the fans.”
- Beneil Dariush on Tony Ferguson: “He’s either #1 or #2 as the greatest lightweights of all time.”