After complaning on live TV, UFC fighter gets his long-delayed Tesla delivered

Beneil Dariush called out Tesla chief Elon Musk for delay in delivering an EV he had booked in December.
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| Updated on: 21 May 2021, 11:30 AM
A Tesla logo on a Model S. (File photo) (Reuters)
A Tesla logo on a Model S. (File photo) (Reuters)
A Tesla logo on a Model S. (File photo) (Reuters)
A Tesla logo on a Model S. (File photo)

Beneil Dariush waited six months for Tesla to deliver a car he had ordered and decided to speed up the process by calling out the company's CEO Elon Musk immediately after his UFC 262 lightweight bout with Tony Ferguson last weekend.

"Elon, where's my wife's car, bro?" Dariush said in his post-fight interview on Saturday. "I've been waiting six months. I'm having a baby, I need a good car, I've got to protect my daughter. Let's go, Elon. Get me my car." Musk apologised to the fighter on Twitter and sent a loan Tesla out to him until his new vehicle is delivered.

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(Also read: 'Elon Musk, where's my wife's car?' UFC fighter takes on Tesla on live TV)

Dariush's manager Ali Abdelaziz posted a picture of the 32-year-old fighter on Twitter with the loaned car. Dariush said he woke up on Sunday to messages from several Tesla dealerships around his home in Southern California asking him to return their calls, ESPN reported.

"I'm like, 'I think I'm getting scammed,'" Dariush told ESPN. "I didn't overthink it. I just ignored it. Then, I hear about how Elon replied to my callout. I said, 'Oh my gosh, these people might be real.' "We called them back and they said to just come in and they'd get it all fixed up. I was like, 'That's it? Just come in? I've been calling you guys for months.'"

First Published Date: 21 May 2021, 11:17 AM IST
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