Vicente Luque

The Silent Assassin

Brazil

Headlining vs. Belal Muhammad
WelterweightUFC
January 25, 2022
Luque will face Belal Muhammad in a welterweight bout as the headliner at UFC Fight Night on April 16, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair first matched up in late 2016 with Luque coming out on top via a Round 1 knockout, but Muhammad has a 10-1 record since that bout. Luque has a four-fight win streak of his own and is coming off a victory over Michael Chiesa in August as he continues his push towards welterweight contention.
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Misses weight as alternate
WelterweightUFC
November 5, 2021
Luque missed weight Friday as the alternate for the welterweight championship fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fact that Luque was present as the alternate indicates how highly he's thought of by the UFC, though he didn't do himself any favors by missing weight. If something happens to Usman or Covington prior to the fight, he'll be unable to step forward.
Flips script on Michael Chiesa
WelterweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Luque defeated Michael Chiesa via submission (d'Arce choke) at 3:25 of Round 1 at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Luque has now won four fights in a row and 10 of 11 in the stacked 170-pound division, and this might have been his most impressive victory to date. The entire world thought Luque would be at a massive disadvantage if this fight went to the mat, except the one guy that actually mattered. Luque gave up an easy takedown, and Chiesa appeared to have a rear-naked choke locked in, but Luque eventually slipped out and clamped on the d'Arce choke that closed the show. Chiesa has been vulnerable to the submission over the years, but Luque had just one of those in his previous 27 professional fights prior to Saturday. It's the biggest win of the Brazilian's career as he continues to climb the ladder at welterweight. He'll also earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Taking on Chiesa in August
WelterweightUFC
June 14, 2021
Luque will take on Michael Chiesa in a welterweight bout at the UFC event on August 7, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Luque will be making his first start in the Octagon since March when he toppled Tyron Woodley via submission. That moved Luque to 13-2 in his past 15 fights. Chiesa is coming off a unanimous decision win back in January over Neil Magny.
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).
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.