Luke Jumeau
The Jedi

New Zealand

Falls at UFC 243
October 5, 2019
Jumeau lost to Dhiego Lima via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
The judge who scored this fight for Jumeau should never be allowed to work again. The Kiwi was competitive and certainly wasn't dominated, but it was clear to anyone who watched the fight that he lost and likely deserved to come up on the short end of all three rounds. Jumeau had real issues defending the leg kicks of Lima and that left him unable to put together combinations on a consistent basis. Having alternated wins and losses in his first four UFC bouts, it's pretty clear the 31-year-old is nothing more than 170-pound roster depth.
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Next bout on tap
July 26, 2019
Jumeau will face Dhiego Lima at UFC 243 in Melbourne, reports.
Jumeau is coming off a 180-day medical suspension following his unanimous-decision win over Daichi Abe at UFC 221 in February of 2018. He'll head into the octagon having won two of his three UFC fights since joining the promotion in 2017.
Long medical suspension ahead
February 18, 2018
Jumeau was given a 180-day medical suspension following his decision victory over Daichi Abe at UFC 221, reports.
As is usual in these cases, Jumeau can book a fight earlier if a physician -- an orthopedist in this case -- gives him medical clearance. The 30-year-old is 2-1 under the UFC banner, but appears unlikely to affect the title picture in the 170-pound division at any point in the immediate future.
Decisions Daichi Abe at UFC 221
February 10, 2018
Jumeau defeated Daichi Abe unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 28-27) at UFC 221 on Saturday in Perth, Australia.
As was the case in his first two UFC bouts, it was a struggle for Jumeau in his attempt to see the final bell. He got off to a very slow start before he was able to keep Abe at bay over the final ten minutes. Jumeau didn't land all that much offense in his own right during the final two rounds but he deserved to win. The 29-year-old is now 2-1 with the company but he has shown no ability to really damage his opposition and it's highly unlikely that he will ever have meaningful fights in the UFC's 170-pound division.
On UFC 221 card
January 1, 2018
Jumeau will face Daichi Abe at UFC 221, Alexander Lee of reports.
Jumeau is coming off a disheartening loss to Shinsho Anzai at UFC Fight Night 117 in a unanimous decision, otherwise he had won seven consecutive fights previously. His upcoming opponent, Abe, should provide a challenge, since Abe remains undefeated after six contests to date.
Drops hard-fought unanimous decision to Anzai
September 22, 2017
Jumeau was defeated by Shinsho Anzai via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Japan.
Jumeau came ready to fight, but he was forced to be on his back foot throughout the fight. Anzai constantly walked forward and threatened with takedowns. Jumeau did a good job of defending the takedowns for the majority of the fight, but gave up a key takedown in the second round which certainly cost him the round. Towards the end of the second, Jumeau started to find a home for his right uppercut and continued that into the third. "The Jedi" showed great takedown defense in the third, and was even able to reverse the attempts into top position in some situations. However, he needed a finish in the third but was not able to take advantage of the opportunity to take Anzai's back toward the end of the third round. This is Jumeau's first loss in the UFC and he will undoubtedly come back a better fighter.