Beneil Dariush is now the second fighter to invite Tony Ferguson to train after El Cucuy’s devastating loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 274.
Ferguson turned down the opportunity to train with Charles Oliveira in Brazil, but perhaps the UFC veteran will be persuaded to connect with Dariush and his team at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Dariush beat Ferguson last year at UFC 262, but that shouldn’t stop them from potentially striking up a friendship and becoming teammates in the future.
“I actually think Tony has the right idea right now. He talks about working with the team, having people who can push him,” Dariush told The Schmo in a recent interview (h/t BJPenn.com). “Having a head coach, where he’s not the head coach, where he doesn’t wake up and be like that, I feel like doing that. Man, just because you feel something , it’s not always the right thing to do. Sometimes your coaches know best. “Honestly, 90% of the time when I wake up in the morning I feel like not training because I’m beaten and that I’m old, but that’s not how it works. It’s important to have coaches who expect things from you and you don’t want to disappoint that expectation.
“That being said, I think it would be a great idea for him to join a team,” he added. “Obviously we’re right next to him and I would never turn a guy down. Even if we’re in the same division, even if we have a history, I would never turn him down if he wants to train here. Obviously it’s not even about me, it’s about him coming in and showing a good presence with the team and the coach… That would be my advice for Tony, he’s on the right track , I think he just needs to find that team and that coach.
Ferguson has lost his last four straight fights and hasn’t won a fight since 2019 when he defeated Donald Cerrone via second-round TKO.
Obviously, something has to change.
Whether that means partnering with Dariush at Kings MMA or joining another team nearby, Ferguson needs to add some structure to his routine and surround himself with the necessary coaches and teammates who want him to succeed.
Ferguson is currently No. 9 in the UFC lightweight rankings, while Dariush is No. 6. The latter hopes to return to the Octagon this summer, possibly August, after recovering from injury. .