UFC fighter Beneil Dariush pulled off an impressive upset at Ultimate Fighting Championship 262 on Saturday night. Dariush, ranked No. 7 in the lightweight category, defeated No. 5 contender Tony Ferguson at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Following Dariush’s hard-fought victory over Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), the Iranian-American mixed martial arts fighter had a message for Elon Musk and condemned Marxism.
Following Dariush’s win, which was his seventh in a row, the 32-year-old MMA fighter thanked Jesus Christ and dedicated the tremendous victory to victims of Marxist ideologies.
“First things first, I want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ, that’s number one,” Dariush told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan in a post-fight interview inside the octagon.
“Number two, I want to dedicate this fight to all the people who’ve been hurt by Marxist ideologies,” Dariush proclaimed. “There are millions of you.”
“It’s just a fight, I know it’s not much, but I want you to know that I love you,” the victorious fighter continued. “And I understand the pain…I don’t completely understand, but I love you. I understand your pain.”
Then, on a lighter note, Dariush jokingly expressed his frustrations with Elon Musk for his electric car company not delivering a Tesla automobile to him after waiting for six months.
“Joe, I want to call out your buddy Elon. Elon Musk! Where is my wife’s car, bro? I have been waiting for six months,” Dariush said with a smirk. “I’m having a baby. I need a big car; I need to protect my daughter. Let’s go, Elon, get me my car.”
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Dariush, who is of Assyrian heritage, lived on a farm in Iran until he was 9 years old, then his parents moved him to the United States. Dariush began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2007, earning his black belt in only five years, and made his UFC debut in 2014.
Dariush is a devout Christian, and regularly talks about his faith on his Instagram page.
Dariush has done mission work in Haiti, and used his own money to start an orphanage in the poverty-stricken Caribbean country.
Dariush visited the Philippines, where he fed the homeless and spent time at orphanages that protect children from being trafficked.