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UFC 262 staredowns: ‘Tony’ chants erupt as Ferguson and Dariush face off

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Tony Ferguson stole the show at the UFC 262 pre-fight press conference, and fans were chanting his name by the time he faced off against opponent Beneil Dariush.

UFC 262: Press Conference Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

UFC 262 is just around the corner on May 15, 2021, and to get everyone hyped for the pay-per-view (PPV) event, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staged a press conference on Wednesday (watch it here) featuring a rowdy audience at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The event is headlined by Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for the Lightweight title, which was recently vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Right under that in the co-main is another 155-pound showdown between the suddenly mortal Tony Ferguson and surging contender Beneil Dariush.

After some mandatory trash talk from all the fighters, the moment came where it was time to face off. No shenanigans this time ... perhaps a threat at the last UFC weigh-ins that man handlers would be suspended kept everyone in check. Hey, we’re down. A good, mean, professional bunch of staredowns. No concussion-inducing shoves — we’re here for it!

Take a look at how the face offs went:

Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira:

Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush

You can see who the crowd is picking on this one. And after a year of silence, fighters are already saying the crazy crowd reactions are getting to them. Think it’ll shake Dariush or does Ferguson already have everything he needs to shake things up?


Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 262 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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