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Legendary referee John McCarthy doesn’t see Tony Ferguson as the clear favorite against Beneil Dariush.
“If we look at the recent fights of Beneil Dariush, it becomes clear that his stance has improved significantly,” – said “Big” John McCarthy in the next episode of his podcast. “Benil participated in a grappling tournament that was held in my gym, and I can say that his grappling is very good now too. He won six fights in a row, most recently losing to Alexander Hernandez in 2018, but now he is on the rise and looked amazing against Scott Holtzman. The last fight with Diego Ferreira was very close and ended in a split decision, but I think Beneil won it deservedly. “
“Beneil looks very good now and I never considered him a fast fighter, but I think he is faster than Tony. I have no doubt that Tony Ferguson will press, and I am not claiming that he has no chance, because he can win this fight, but I do not think that he is a significant favorite in this fight. He will have a design advantage, but not as great as some believe. For Beneil Dariush, who wants to be among the top, this is a very good opponent’s choice. Let’s be honest – from the last eight rounds that Tony Ferguson played, he has not won a single one. ”
Recall that the lightweight fight between Tony Ferguson and Benil Dariush will take place on May 15 at UFC 262.