Vicente Luque
Dealt medical suspension after war
WelterweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Luque has been suspended 180 days pending medical clearance by the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
No specific injury was disclosed, but this is hardly surprising for Luque, who engaged in an all-out war with Brayan Barbarena on Sunday night. Luque absorbed a total of 169 significant strikes in that fight, and the great majority of them (146) were to the head. While Luque kept his hands up for most of them, there's no denying they had an impact. He'll be sidelined indefinitely pending medical clearance.
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Takes part in a fight of the year contender
WelterweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Luque defeated Bryan Barberena via TKO (strikes) at 4:54 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
This is an early contender for fight of the year. Luque came out early in the first round and landed some hard power shots. Barberena, as he is want to do, walked right through the punches and started to get off his own offense. Barberena escaped a pair of submission attempts at the end of the round and went to work on top. In the second round, Barberena really turned it on in the second round. He was eating shots, but he seemed to be getting the better of the exchanges. The trend continued in the third round. However, with less than 30 seconds to go, Luque secured the clinch and unleashed a pair of hard clinch knees. From there, it was over. Both fighters went through a full battle here, and Luque cemented his contender status with a late win. It's no surprise both fighters received a Fight of the Night bonus.
Fighting Bryan Barberena in Phoenix
WelterweightUFC
January 9, 2019
Luque (14-6-1) is scheduled to face Bryan Barberena (14-5-0) at UFC Phoenix on Feb. 17, freelance MMA journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
ANALYSIS
The two fighters were initially booked for the Feb. 2 card at UFC Fortaleza, but the promotion ended up pushing the matchup back two weeks. The change probably amounts to a positive one for the 27-year-old Luque, who last fought in October while Barberena hasn't entered the Octagon since Aug. 25. Luque has won three consecutive fights and seven of his last eight.
Continues roll with KO win over Jalin Turner
WelterweightUFC
October 6, 2018
Luque defeated Jalin Turner via KO (punches) at 3:52 of Round 1 at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Luque is a scary, scary man. The Brazilian is now 7-2 in the UFC with all of those victories coming via stoppage. His win on Saturday came after he ate a spinning elbow from Turner and responded by smashing his debuting opponent repeatedly in the face. Turner was knocked out cold and stayed down for an extended period of time. Luque asked for a top-ten opponent in his post-fight interview and it's hard to say that he doesn't deserve. Luque's emergence is one of the welterweight division's most intriguing story lines as we come towards the end of 2019.
Drops and finishes Chad Laprise in Chile
WelterweightUFC
May 19, 2018
Luque defeated Chad Laprise via KO (punches) at 4:16 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
ANALYSIS
On paper, Luque would have the advantage in this fight if he could keep it standing. That turned out to be the case in the actual fight as well. Laprise closed the distance for a clinch early in the fight. Luque survived and kept the fight on the feet. From there, he stayed patient until he had an opening. He took advantage and dropped Laprise flat on his back. The fight was over. Luque has now won back-to-back fights and improved his UFC record to 6-2.
Scheduled to face Chad Laprise on May 19
WelterweightUFC
February 26, 2018
Luque will face Chad Laprise on May 19 at a UFC event in Santiago, Chile, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 26 year-old-old Brazilian, who will be moving up to lightweight for this one, is 12-6-1 in his career but has won five of his past six matches dating back to December 2015. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Laprise has only lost two of 13 contests dating back to June 2010.