Tony Ferguson makes UFC return on May 15 against Beneil Dariush – with fight announced as one of three bouts on UFC 262 undercard starring Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler
- Tony Ferguson will star at UFC 262 against Beneil Dariush on May 15 in Houston
- The 37-year-old hopes to come back from two consecutive defeats in 2020
- Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan are also on the map 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 heads to the Toyota Center in Houston after two defeats for the first time in his UFC career, at the event headlined by fellow lightweights Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.
Ferguson suffered a fifth round TKO against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, then fell short by unanimous decision to Oliveira at UFC 256 to end a scorching 2020 for the 37-year-old.
Tony Ferguson has been confirmed in the main fight for UFC 262 against Beneil Dariush
Prior to his breakdown, the American had been run wild by the division, claiming 12 consecutive wins over Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Kevin Lee and Edson Barbosa.
Dariush will undergo the toughest test of his MMA career against Ferguson, but is certainly the more in shape fighter to have won six consecutive bouts.
The Iranian, currently ninth in the UFC Lightweight Standings, has beaten Diego Ferreira, Drew Drober, Rashid Magomedov, James Vick, Michael Johnson and James Miller on a thrilling run that dates back to November 2018.
Ferguson suffered defeats in 2020 against Justin Gaethje (photo) and Charles Oliveira
Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement from the lightweight division, Ferguson will try to create one last chance to top the division standings above Dustin Poirier and and Justin Gaethje – who hold the top two places.
Elsewhere on the map are middleweight contenders Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan, both trying to recover from recent losses.
Edson Barboza also enters the octagon on May 15 against Shane Burgos after recently signing a new UFC contract.