Vicente Luque
The Silent Assassin

Brazil

Comes through with finish
WelterweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Luque defeated Randy Brown via TKO (punches) at 4:56 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Luque started efficiently, racking up unchecked calf kicks to keep Brown at bay. He eventually landed with a clean right hand that sent Brown to the canvas, and while Luque pounced at first, he eventually let Brown back to his feet. Luque connected with another big left in the final minute that forced Brown to grab the fence to remain upright. While Brown connected on occasion, it was a clear frame for Luque. He continued to press forward in the second, as he was able to eat Brown's best shots without issue. Luque continued to work the leg as well, even knocking Brown down via leg kicks. Luque did eat what looked to be a brutal spinning elbow at one point, but met it with a smile and kept pressing onward. Luque was even taken down but jumped right back up. He wasn't content to let this one get to a third round, however. With Brown pressed against the cage, Luque connected with a vicious right knee that was the beginning of the end. Despite Brown reaching for the ground in an effort to become grounded, Luque blasted him with a perfectly-legal knee, and the fight was finished after just a few follow-up shots. Luque has now racked up back-to-back stoppages to bounce back from a loss to Stephen Thompson and is 8-1 in his last nine fights. He'll also take home an extra $50,000 for his efforts by way of a Performance of the Night bonus.
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To fight Brown
WelterweightUFC
June 22, 2020
Luque is set to take on Randy Brown at an undisclosed location on Aug. 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Luque is coming off a victory over Niko Price via TKO at UFC 249 in May. His upcoming fight against Brown will come nearly three months later. The Brazilian has won seven of his previous eight bouts and sports an 18-7-1 MMA record. His opponent, Brown, is 14-4 in his professional career, but has lost three of his last five fights.
Improves to 7-1 in past eight bouts
WelterweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Luque defeated Niko Price via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 3:37 of Round 3 at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It didn't come easy, but Luque emerged with his second victory over Price in two tries. The Brazilian made a concerted effort to pound Price with leg kicks in the early going, and it worked. Price's mobility was severely limited and Luque took full advantage by landing plenty of power shots. In wouldn't be a true Luque fight unless he absorbed some punishment of his own, but his chin held up, as usual. It was a strong performance from Luque on the heels of his unanimous decision loss to Stephen Thompson last November. Luque is going to struggle against technical strikers like Wonderboy, but he stands a chance against anyone who is willing to get in there and brawl with him. Luque is 7-1 in his past eight fights.
Fight with Price back on
WelterweightUFC
April 26, 2020
Luque's scheduled welterweight matchup against Niko Price has been moved to UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
This highly-anticipated rematch was originally set to take place on a pay-per-view card scheduled for April 18, but the UFC was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rescheduled version won't be on the pay-per-view card like originally planned, but it will give the up-and-coming Luque a better opportunity to showcase his skills in front of a national audience. Luque won the first matchup via second-round submission, so it's no surprise oddsmakers have him as roughly a (-280) betting favorite for the rematch.
Added to UFC 249
WelterweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Luque will take on Niko Price in a welterweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
Luque was originally scheduled to face Randy Brown at UFC Portland on April 11, but that event, along with several others, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll now get another chance to cash a check and start a new winning streak, this time against Price, who is 2-2 in his last four bouts. Luque had rattled off six consecutive wins before dropping a Fight of the Night bout to Stephen Thompson at UFC 244 in November. He'll concede slight height and reach advantages to Price, but he does own the edge in striking volume. This is also a rematch of a October 2017 bout which Luque won via D'Arce choke in the second round. He was also winning the battle of significant strikes 61 to 25 at the time of the stoppage.
Returning to action in April
WelterweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Luque will face Randy Brown in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night on April 11 in Portland, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Luque opted to take some time off from training following his loss to Stephen Thompson in November, but he's set to make his return to fighting in April. Prior to the unanimous decision defeat at UFC 244, the 28-year-old was riding a six-fight win streak over the previous two and a half years.