“I’ve been training for five rounds,” Beneil Dariush is ready to serve as the backup fighter for UFC 262 Lightweight title fight

Beneil Dariush is preparing himself to step in for the UFC Lightweight title fight at UFC 262 in case something happens to anyone.

Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira
Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira

The number 9th ranked UFC Lightweight fighter Beneil Dariush will be entering the Octagon at UFC 262 for his biggest test until now against the former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson.

On the same night, the former Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will be fighting for the vacant UFC lightweight title. Although, Dariush is booked to face Ferguson but he is also ready to step in for the title fight in case something happens to any of them.

In his latest interview with MMA Junkie, Beneil Dariush says, “I’ve been training for five rounds, just in case, I’ve been training for five rounds for sure because if you think about it logically, Tony is coming off of two losses, so it’s gonna be hard to give him the title shot,”

“I’m on a six-fight winning streak, so they can toss me in there if one of them falls out. So I’ve been training for five rounds, and I am ready for five rounds.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Dariush continued, “Obviously I don’t wish anyone harm. I hope the title fight happens, and I’m gonna get it. Eventually, everybody’s gonna get it. I’m gonna get after all of them. They can’t get away from me.”

Beneil Dariush is ready for Tony Ferguson’s unpredictability

Beneil Dariush
Beneil Dariush

Tony Ferguson is one of the most unpredictable UFC fighters because of his versatile fighting style. Before losing these two fights he was on 12 fights winning streak and Beneil Dariush is very well aware that he can do anything anytime.

Dariush added, “The awkwardness of Tony cannot be replicated, “So I’ve just been focusing on fundamentals, fundamentals, and fundamentals. If I could just stay clear with my fundamentals, I’m hoping everything is gonna be fine.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

“But the more I watch him, the more I think to myself, there isn’t really one thing I could train for that he does consistently, so I’m just ready to get in there and mix it up.”

He concluded, “If things get crazy, you just have to be ready to get crazy with him. You can’t be scared to play his game. If you have to, you gotta do that. But ultimately you want to bring him back into your own territory and don’t allow him to control the rhythm.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

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