Tony Ferguson to make UFC return on May 15 against Beneil Dariush at UFC 262


Tony Ferguson to make UFC return on May 15 against Beneil Dariush – with fight announced as one of three bouts on undercard of UFC 262 headlined by Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler

  • Tony Ferguson will headline UFC 262 vs Beneil Dariush on May 15 in Houston 
  • The 37-year-old is hoping to bounce back from two consecutive defeats in 2020 
  • Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan are also on the card set for mid-May 

Tony Ferguson has been confirmed to make his return to the octagon at UFC 262 against Beneil Dariush on May 15.

The former interim lightweight champion will head to the Toyota Centre in Houston on the back of two defeats for the first time in his UFC career, at the event where fellow lightweights Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler are headlining.

Ferguson suffered a fifth-round TKO against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 and then fell short by unanimous decision to Oliveira at UFC 256 to cap off a torrid 2020 for the 37-year-old.

Tony Ferguson has been confirmed on the headline fight for UFC 262 against Beneil Dariush

Tony Ferguson has been confirmed on the headline fight for UFC 262 against Beneil Dariush

Prior to his slump, the American had gone on a rampage through the division claiming 12 straight victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Kevin Lee and Edson Barbosa.

Dariush will face the toughest test of his MMA career against Ferguson, but is most definitely the more in-form fighter having won six consecutive bouts. 

The Iranian, currently ranked ninth in the UFC lightweight standings, has beaten Diego Ferreira, Drew Drober, Rashid Magomedov, James Vick, Michael Johnson and James Miller during his exciting run dating back to November 2018.

Ferguson suffered defeats to Justin Gaethje (pictured) and Charles Oliveira in 2020

Ferguson suffered defeats to Justin Gaethje (pictured) and Charles Oliveira in 2020

After Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement from the lightweight division, Ferguson will try and create one final chance to top the division rankings above Dustin Poirier and and Justin Gaethje – who are occupying the top two spots. 

Elsewhere on the card, middleweight contenders Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan as both look to bounce back from recent losses.

Edson Barboza is also entering the octagon on May 15 against Shane Burgos after recently signing a new UFC contract. 

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