Beneil Dariush defeated Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision in a hard-fought fight. It was a grappling delight for MMA fans. While it was a good win for Dariush, he wasn’t happy with the UFC matchmaking in the post-fight interview.
Heading into this fight, Beneil Dariush and Diego Ferreira were on a combined 11-fight winning streak. Speaking in the post-fight interview, Dariush said that both he and Ferreira deserved to fight a top-ranking opponent.
“I’ve got to say something, this is really bothering me,” Dariush said when speaking to Daniel Cormier in the post-fight interview. “Diego should have fought a top-five guy. I should have fought a top-five guy. We have tough win streaks. We fought everybody. We never say no to anybody.
“But instead of giving us a top-five guy, Diego I still think he deserves a top 10 guy. I’d feel a little disrespected if I was Diego. I know I feel a little disrespected.”
Beneil Dariush apologises to UFC matchmakers
Now Beneil Dariush has issued another statement where he made it clear that his message wasn’t against UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby, instead, it was targetted at the higher-ranked lightweight fighters that were dodging him.
“I didn’t elaborate properly,” Beneil Dariush said. “My issue is with these guys looking at me as high risk, low reward. These top-10 guys look at me like I’m high risk, low reward and they want nothing to do with me. That’s just a little bit disappointing.
“I appreciate Sean Shelby. He’s called me every time and he’s talked to me and he’s explained his situation. I was a little off about that, so I have to say sorry to Sean. Sorry, Sean.”
“I come from a totalitarian country and I like capitalism,” Beneil Dariush said. “I like where you get to have decisions and I get to have decisions. So I’m going to go with a no on that one. I think everyone deserves to have a voice in the matter.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)