Beneil Dariush is booked to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 262, but Dariush wasn’t expecting Tony to accept the fight with him. Dariush scored a highlight-reel knockout win over Drakkar Klose, and he has been calling out top-ranked fighters ever since, but he didn’t expect Tony to accept the fight with him.
In the interview with Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com he said, “No, I did not. I was expecting a big name after beating Drakkar Klose. Every time I won a fight, I thought I’d get a big name and nothing. “
He continued, “I was shocked but very happy when I got the offer to fight Tony Ferguson. At that point, Ali (Abdelaziz) didn’t even need to call me, when he hears that name just say yes. I told Ali if any of these top guys say yes, just sign the contract, don’t even call me.”
“At this point, it’s just train as hard as I can, be prepared as possible, and just match his craziness,” Dariush explained. “He’s going to be wild at some points, but I can’t be intimated by it.”
“I helped Justin prepare for Tony. That’s what Justin said (Tony knows how to fight hurt so you can’t rush anything), and I was like I don’t know if I can do that,” Dariush said. “That’s not my style. Maybe I will try, but if I smell blood, I will go for the kill.” (h/t BJPENN.com)
“It’s going to be a spectacular 15 minutes,” Beneil Dariush isn’t going to play safe against Tony Ferguson
Beneil said although he will be extremely careful inside the octagon, he will not change his fighting style, he will try to knock Tony out, and it will be a spectacular fight to watch.
“I know you aren’t supposed to tell people your game plan. But, it’s to step in there and look for a finish from minute one to minute 15. I don’t know how the finish will come,” Dariush said. “But it’s going to be a spectacular 15 minutes or a finish and shoot, the finish could go either way.”
“It’s weird. I win this next fight and could not even be close to a title shot, that’s the crazy part. I could have a safe fight and do all the right things and win the fight and I won’t even be the second title contender,” Dariush concluded. “There’s Conor, Dustin, Justin Gaethje. It’s an interesting division. But I just think to myself that I saw Max Holloway win like 10 fights in a row before getting a title shot. I’m not going to complain and continue to do what I’m doing.” (h/t BJPENN.com)