- Odds: Tony Ferguson +150 underdog, Beneil Dariush -175.
- Beneil Dariush is on a six-fight win streak and Ferguson will be his biggest opponent to date.
- Can Tony Ferguson make the right improvements to pick up a must-needed win at UFC 262?
A lightweight fight between Tony Ferguson vs Beneil Dariush is on tap for UFC 262. Dariush cracked the top ten lightweight rankings with a win over Carlos Diego Ferreira in February. We preview the opening Ferguson vs Dariush odds below.
Ferguson vs Dariush Odds
According to the latest UFC 262 betting odds, Ferguson is a +150 underdog. (Bet $100 to win $150). Beneil Dariush is the oddsmakers favorite to hand Ferguson his third loss in a row, with an implied win probability of 63%.
Risky Fight for El Cucuy
It wasn’t long ago when the debate of Tony Ferguson being Khabib’s kryptonite was covered by the MMA media. Now Khabib is officially retired and Tony is on his second consecutive loss.
Ferguson is sitting in the #5 spot in the UFC lightweight rankings, taking on #9 ranked Beneil Dariush. The former interim lightweight champion has fought the who’s who of the UFC, up until last year he had twelve wins in a row.
This is definitely a risky fight for Ferguson, that offers little reward if he wins. A loss would diminish his chances of ever contenting for UFC gold again. On the plus side, the 37-year-old insists he still has plenty left in the tank and has joined forces with Freddie Roach, who has worked with MMA fighters including former champions Anderson Silva, B.J. Penn, and Georges Saint-Pierre.
The Bottom Line
This is a big test for Dariush against a UFC great is Tony Ferguson. If Dariush can get past Ferguson and pick up some more wins he could be in for a title shot.
Looking back at Dariush’s UFC career, he started off with great promise but then slid for a bit with losses to Michael Chiesa and Edson Barboza. Over the past two years, he has been on an upward trajectory with six wins in a row.
UFC 262 is set to be headlined by Michael Chandler vs Charles Oliveira, with odds on Chandler vs Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title favoring “Do Bronx”.