Tony Ferguson loses THIRD fight in a row at UFC 262 as he suffers horrific knee injury in co-main event defeat by Beniel Dariush
- Tony Ferguson fell to his third straight defeat to Beneil Dariush
- The American previously lost to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira
- Ferguson survived to the end of the fight despite a gruesome knee injury
- Dariush said that Ferguson’s ‘knee popped’ on the second round in a submission hold
Tony Ferguson suffered his third loss in a row at UFC 262 when he lost by unanimous decision to Beniel Dariush.
The 37-year-old had won 12 fights in a row before losing consecutively to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira in 2020.
Despite his convincing defeat to Iranian Dariush, it was perhaps a miracle that he held out until the end of his fight after sustaining a horrific knee injury.
Tony Ferguson fell to convincing unanimous decision, defeat by Iranian Beneil Dariush
Ferguson managed to get to the end of the fight, despite a knee injury in the second round
Dariush locked Ferguson in a reverse heel hook in the second round of a fight that mostly stayed on the ground.
With his leg bent and no sign of escape, it seemed there was no way out for Ferguson, who visibly grimaced in pain.
In the post-fight interview, Dariush told Joe Rogan that he heard Ferguson’s knee pop during the heel hook, but the former temporary lightweight champion refused to give up and tap out.
He said, ‘It popped. I looked at him and then he started kicking me and went back to normal and I was like ‘man he’s not human’. Tony is not human.
‘I thought to myself: I’m going to squeeze this a little bit more, if he taps, he taps. If not, whatever.
‘We will move on and continue to do what we do. I hit the heel but couldn’t get it. ‘
Dariush praised Ferguson after the fight, saying the 37-year-old was “not human.”
Ferguson survived the rest of the round and survived the third and final round, but was dominated by Dariush throughout the 15-minute fight.
The judges awarded the match to the Iranian, with a score of 30-27 across the board.
After his third straight defeat, it raises questions about what’s next for the 37-year-old American.
Speaking at Dana White’s post-event press conference, the UFC president said, “ Time gets us all, man. Tony decided to get it. ‘
When asked if it gets to the point where Dana has to have “ the talk ” with Ferguson about his fighting career, White said he wasn’t sure.
UFC 262 was topped by Oliveira who followed up his win over Ferguson at UFC 256 with a TKO win over Michael Chandler.
It was Ferguson’s third straight loss after previous defeats to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira