Vicente Luque
The Silent Assassin

Brazil

Topples former UFC champion
WelterweightUFC
March 27, 2021
Luque defeated Tyron Woodley via submission (D'arce choke) at 3:56 of Round 1 at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Luque is 13-2 in his past 15 fights. The two losses came against Stephen Thompson and Leon Edwards. He's unquestionably one of the best and most underrated fighters on the UFC roster today, but he had to dig deep for this one. Woodley looked refreshed in the early portion of the fight, clipping Luque with some big shots. Yet as is almost always the case, Luque was able to handle whatever was thrown his way and eventually found his range offensively. One quick right hand toppled the former champion and Luque eventually worked for the submission that ended the fight. A win over Woodley doesn't mean half as much as it did just a couple years ago, but Luque is legit. He'll also walk away with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus here -- his fifth bonus in his last seven trips to the cage. Luque called for a fight with Nate Diaz in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. It's not the worst idea in the world, assuming Diaz is interested in coming back for anyone other than McGregor (a big assumption).
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Set to fight again in March
WelterweightUFC
January 24, 2021
The UFC is finalizing a fight between Luque and Tyron Woodley (ribs) for March 27 at UFC 260, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Luque is set up for a great opportunity to make a big jump in the UFC welterweight rankings with a win over Woodley. His one kryptonite, however, is that his only two losses in the last five years have come against top-five opponents. Woodley is not currently ranked in the top five, but he is a former champion and would pose as a massive victory for Luque if he's able to pull it out. A win would signify that Luque's able to beat some of the best fighters in his weight class and would allow him to have a better shot at a potential title fight in the future.
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.
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.