Vicente Luque
The Silent Assassin

Brazil

Squaring off at UFC 244
WelterweightUFC
September 10, 2019
Luque will take on Stephen Thompson at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Luque and Thompson are at far different portions of their respective careers, with Luque trying to prove he can hang with the big boys and Thompson looking to hang on to some magic as his career winds down. Luque's wins have come primarily by KO/TKO in his recent bouts, though he does have a history of some submissions as well. This marks his first-ever pay-per-view fight, while Thompson is well-versed in that arena.
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Survives Fight of the Night against Mike Perry
WelterweightUFC
August 10, 2019
Luque defeated Mike Perry via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This was supposed to be fight of the night, and it was. Both fighters went through the ringer. Perry appeared to get the worst of it, as his nose was badly destroyed following the bout. Luque was the more diverse striker, as he landed 43 significant strikes to the head, six to the body and 35 to the legs. Perry was much more focused on head strikes. He landed 56 of his 87 significant strikes to the head. The judges' appreciated Luque's style more and handed him the fight. "The Silent Assassin" now has quite the winning streak going in the welterweight division. Since dropping a decision against Leon Edwards in 2017, he has won six-straight fights.
To fight Mike Perry in Uruguay
WelterweightUFC
July 2, 2019
Luque will face off against Mike Perry for UFC Fight Night Uruguay on Aug. 10, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Luque has won his past five bouts via stoppage and is 16-6 as a pro. He most recently defeated Derrick Krantz via TKO in the very first round. Luque is finally getting a bigger name with the Perry matchup, but this appears to be a winnable fight on paper. He's got momentum on his side, in addition to a one-inch height and four-inch reach advantage. Statistically, he's a higher-volume and more accurate striker, who also has a shade of offensive wrestling to lean on if need be. Perry will try to turn this into a brawl as usual, which could be dangerous for a fighter like Luque who absorbs 4.52 significant strikes landed per minute. Other than that, most factors lean in the direction of Luque, who will presumably have the crowd behind him as well.
Comes through as massive favorite
WelterweightUFC
May 18, 2019
Luque defeated Derrick Krantz via TKO (strikes) at 3:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
ANALYSIS
Things started a bit hairy for the (-1100) favorite before Luque righted the ship in short order. The thunder in his hands is blatantly obvious whenever you watch him fight, and a combination of a knee and a straight right hand ended the evening of his late-notice replacement. Luque is an excellent fighter, and the UFC realizes that, which his why he was scheduled for a co-main event spot here against Neil Magny before his opponent was forced to withdraw due to a failed drug test. After the fight, he said he wants to face Santiago Ponzinibbio in the UFC Uruguay main event. While it remains to be seen if that wish will be granted, Luque is surely going to get a bigger-name opponent his next time out.
New opponent for Rochester fight
WelterweightUFC
May 14, 2019
Luque will now take on Derrick Krantz at UFC Rochester on May 18 following the withdrawal of his original opponent, Neil Magny, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
This isn't the first time Luque has been given a short-notice replacement, as he dismantled Jalin Turner in the first round last October at UFC 229. This time around, he gets a 31-year-old veteran of 32 professional fights, compiled primarily under the banner of Legacy Fighting Alliance. Of Krantz's 22 victories, 20 of them have been earned by way of stoppage, though he hasn't quite seen anyone at Luque's level yet. Look for Luque to enter as a heavy betting favorite.
Loses opponent for May fight
WelterweightUFC
May 13, 2019
Luque is no longer facing Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night on May 18, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Magny was forced to pull out of this bout for undisclosed reasons. The UFC is currently looking for a replacement opponent for Luque, and more information will be provided if they are able to find one.