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Beneil Dariush reveals why he dedicated his UFC 262 win to the victims of Marxist ideologies

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Iranian mixed martial artist Beneil Dariush, who defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 back in May, took a stance against Marxism and dedicated the victory to the victims of Marxist ideologies.

Dariush, who is the current number three lightweight fighter in the UFC, defeated ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson at UFC 262 on 15th May via unanimous decision, marking his 21st career victory as well as his 15th victory in the Octagon.

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Following the win, Dariush revealed to Joe Rogan that the victory was towards all those who have suffered due to the different Marxist political beliefs, while he emphasised that the numbers range into the millions.

“First things first, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that’s number one,” said Dariush, before speaking up against Marxism, “number two, I want to dedicate this fight to all the people who’ve been hurt by Marxist ideologies. There are millions of you.” 

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“It’s just a fight, I know it’s not much, but I want you to know that I love you. I understand the pain … I don’t completely understand, but I love you. I understand your pain.”

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“You don’t want communism. You don’t want this socialism. This is what destroys countries and lives,” Dariush honours the victims of Marxist idoelogies

The combat sports fandom were in curiosity behind the reason for the rigid stance Dariush has against Marxism, and the 32-year-old recently opened up on the same on the latest episode of The Daily Wire’s show Candace.

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Talking about his post-fight speech at UFC 262, Dariush revealed that a big part behind him taking the Octagon to speak against Marxism was t UFC Women’s Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and her statement before her win over Chinese fighter Weili Zhang at UFC 261 in April.

Prior to clinching the UFC Women’s Strawweight championship for the second time, ‘Thug’ Rose had said, “Better dead than Red”, a well known anti-communist phrase from the Cold War days and as Dariush detailed her Lithuanian ancestry that suffered from it, he also touched upon the reprimand she had faced for saying it.

“Well, there’s a couple of things. The catalyst to it was Thug Rose,” said Dariush, “I don’t know if you were familiar with her … She just became champion again. She fought Weili Zhang and she came out and said, ‘Better dead than Red.’”

And her family, I believe, was Lithuanian. And that was their slogan, ‘Better dead than Red’. And she got a terrible backlash. And I just couldn’t understand it. She’s not saying anything crazy. You don’t want communism. You don’t want this socialism. This is what destroys countries and lives.” 

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The ideologies of Communism and Socialism- Dariush described one as two poisons, one slower and one faster. However, he wanted to put both of those beliefs under one umbrella term, from where they both originated- Marxism.

“So you say communism, they say ‘We’re not really talking about communism. We’re talking about socialism.’ And you say socialism, they say, ‘Well, it’s not that kind of socialism, it’s this.’”, the Iranian went on, “I just said ‘Marxism’. It covers it all. The only difference between these is one of them is a slower poison that is going to kill you later on. And the other one kills you faster. So, I think we’ve got to make sure we start calling it just Marxism. It’s all one. It’s all the same thing.”

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Continuing on with the show, Dariush mentioned his wife Victoria, whose parents hail from Vietnam, a country that still has Marxist political systems. He elaborated on how Victoria’s parents escaped the Marxist regime and escaped.

“My wife is Vietnamese, so her parents are from Vietnam. And they ran away from Marxism. They ran away from that. They told me the stories,” Dariush went on, “Her father basically came on a boat and he would tell us like nine out of ten didn’t make it. He was on one of the ten boats that did make it. And then the stories her mom would tell me about how they got out of the house last minute. If they had stayed an extra day, they would be in a camp or they’d be in prison.” 

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Dariush, who himself moved to the US from Iran when he was just 9 years of age, recalled the political system in his ancestral land, where he addressed it as “making the government God”, equated it to Marxist ideology as well.

“And then in my country, the ayatollah came and they promised all these free things and they said, ‘Just let us take over and we’re going to do all this stuff for you.’ They made the government God. And it’s the same. It’s no different. It’s Marxist ideology,” Dariush said. “You make the government number one, and people give up their rights. The government — once it takes power —nobody takes that away. You don’t take it. If it’s gained freely, it’ll be taken back in blood, that’s the only way you get away from Communism, Marxism.” 

Recently, another UFC icon revealed his stance against Communism, read it here.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.


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