Niko Price
The Hybrid


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 11/7/2020
Out for six months
May 11, 2020
Price was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, reports.
The nature of Price's injury was not disclosed. He lost to Vicente Luque by TKO on Saturday, as a cut near his right eye forced the doctor to intervene and end the match. He now won't be able to fight against until November unless cleared by a physician.
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Again falls to Vicente Luque
May 9, 2020
Price lost to Vicente Luque via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 3:37 of Round 3 at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Price has now lost four times in his professional career and exactly half of them have come against Luque. Price has always been the type of fighter who is willing to eat a shot in order to land two of his own, but that strategy rarely works against talented, durable opposition like Luque. Price did his fair share of damage in this one, but a bad cut near his right eye forced the doctor to wave the fight off late in Round 3. Price is tough as nails and a joy to watch compete, but his long-term ceiling is severely limited by his one-dimensional brawling style. He has alternated wins and losses in his last six fights dating back to July 2018.
Luque fight shifts to May 9
April 26, 2020
Price's scheduled welterweight matchup against Vicente Luque has been moved to UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville.
These fireworks were originally schedule for an event slated for April 18, but the UFC was forced to scrap that card amidst a global pandemic. With more time to plan, and a Florida governor deeming these events "essential business," the two will ultimately get to throw down at a later date. It won't be on the pay-per-view portion of the card like it would have been at the April 18 event, but Price will now get a chance to avenge his loss in front of a national audience. He was submitted by Luque in the second round of their initial fight, so it's not too surprising to see him as a (+240) betting underdog the second time around.
Draws Luque at UFC 249
April 6, 2020
Price will take on Vicente Luque in a welterweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
Price, like Luque, was scheduled to fight at UFC Portland the weekend before, but that scheduled matchup against Muslim Salikhov was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now fresh off a new contract (and a stunning knockout against James Vick), Price will take on one of his toughest opponents to date. The two already squared off in October of 2017, when Price was bested by Luque via a D'Arce choke in the second round. Luque was also winning the battle of significant strikes 61 to 25 at the time of the stoppage. For those reasons, look for Price to enter as a betting underdog.
Re-signs with UFC
March 22, 2020
Price (14-3-0, 1 NC) announced Saturday via his personal Twitter account that he signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC.
The welterweight fighter first joined the promotion in December 2016, entering the Octagon 10 times in total. He's racked up four wins over his last six bouts, with his two losses coming to Abdul Razak Alhassan (in September 2018) and Geoff Neal (in July 2019). The 30-year-old's next fight date remains up in the air, as he had been scheduled to face Muslim Salikhov at UFC Portland in April 11 before the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bout moved to Portland
March 5, 2020
Updating a previous report, Price will now take on Muslim Salikhov at UFC Portland on April 11, Farah Hannoun of reports.
This matchup was initially targeted for later in the month in Lincoln, but with both fighters having not competed since last October, it was possible for UFC brass to bump this one up. Price has been wildly inconsistent during his UFC run, but he's sure to generate excitement, as all ten of his bouts have ended via stoppage within two rounds. Salikhov is relatively new to the UFC, but has built a three-fight winning streak since dropping his debut bout. Price will enter with height and reach advantages, plus a slight edge in striking volume. He gets significantly more, however, which likely explains the high finishing rate.