UFC No. 5 lightweight Tony Ferguson returns to take on No. 9 Beneil Dariush in a critical bout at UFC 262 in May.

The No. 5 Ferguson (25-5-0), 37, a former TUF winner and interim champion, is coming off two tough losses that have knocked him out of an elusive title shot. He looked unable to muster any offence in his last bout with Charles Oliveira sat UFC 256 last December and was outstruck by Justin Gaethje in the bout before at UFC 249 in May 2020.

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Meanwhile, the No. 9 vet Dariush (20-4-1), 31, is heating up with a six-fight win streak. He edged Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC Vegas 18 in February and can leapfrog into the title shot conversation with a big win.

Fellow lightweights No. 3 Oliveira and No. 4 Michael Chandler are on the card and will be looking on.

UFC 262 is scheduled for May 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Scheduled bouts include:

CHARLES OLIVEIRA (30-8-0, 1NC) VS. MICHAEL CHANDLER (22-5-0)

PRISCILLA CACHOEIRA (9-3-0) VS. GINA MAZANY (7-4-0)

KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN (15-4-0) VS. VIVIANE ARAUJO (10-2-0)

ALEX PEREZ (24-6-0) VS. MATT SCHNELL (15-5-0)

ANDREA LEE (11-5-0) VS. ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO (9-2-0)

EDSON BARBOZA (21-9-0) VS. SHANE BURGOS (13-2-0)

JORDAN WRIGHT (11-1-0, 1NC) VS. JAMIE PICKETT (11-5-0)

JACK HERMANSSON (21-6-0) VS. EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN (11-1-0)

CHRISTOS GIAGOS (18-8-0) VS. JOEL ALVAREZ (18-2-0)

RONALDO SOUZA (26-9-0) VS. ANDRE MUNIZ (20-4-0)

DAMIR ISMAGULOV (19-1-0) VS. RAFAEL ALVES (19-9-0)

TONY FERGUSON (25-5-0) VS. BENEIL DARIUSH (20-4-1)

More bouts are expected to be announced.

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