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UFC 260: Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque Fight Preview

Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque has taken the co-main event slot this weekend after Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega fell out due to COVID-19 related issues. The two phenomenal welterweight contenders will step into the cage with everything on the line. Let us discuss what this means, not only for the broad array of talent in the welterweight division but for the individuals being locked in the octagon.

Tyron Woodley

“The Chosen One” makes his return after suffering a horrendous rib injury his last time out against Colby Covington. Woodley will face the division’s underdog, Vicente Luque. This will truly be Tyron’s last shot at a title run in the UFC and with the promotion cutting big names with little to no hesitation, a loss this Saturday could end Woodley’s tenure with the organization. Tyron was one of the division’s most dangerous champions and was once seen as the next GSP. If he finds a way back to the belt there is a chance that “The Chosen One” could be seen as one of the greatest of all time.

With Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque taking place this weekend, we can be sure that the victor will be only one more step away from challenging for gold. Let us talk about how Woodley wins this fight. We know Tyron’s style, he waits and loads up the right hand, he takes his time and unleashes a deadly fist into the face of his opponent. The ground game will be a big factor in this matchup, especially with their only being three rounds, there will not be much time to get back if two rounds have been stolen from one of the competitors.

DALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Tyron Woodley, top and Darren Till in their UFC Welterweight Title bout during UFC 228 at American Airlines Center on September 8, 2018 in Dallas, United States. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Woodley can’t rely on his patience too much as Luque likes to put on the pressure and a mere jab will not faze “The Silent Assassin”. If Tyron wants to jab his way around the octagon, he must put the pressure on and work for a takedown. A submission should be the finish to look for and Woodley knows how to effectively work for a finish on the ground.

Vicente Luque

To continue this Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque preview, we will look at how “The Silent Assassin” can find success against “The Chosen One”. Luque has razor-sharp elbows and knees, he will be looking to combat Woodley’s pressure with a clinch. He will not want to grapple for too long as the ground game is levels apart, however, Vicente’s Jiu-Jitsu is not to be slept on. Beating up the legs is something that the majority of Muay Thai practitioners have mastered but that is combined with a solid defensive ground game, might just spell success for Luque.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: (L-R) Vicente Luque punches Niko Price in their welterweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque is a pivotal matchup for this division and both chins hold up very well. This bout has all the makings of a classic, both men possess all the keys to victory but only one fighter will come out on top. There are so many advantages that both competitors have, that combined with the very little amount of disadvantages, could either make this bout a super strategic chess match or an all-out brawl.

Welterweights New Age Could Start At UFC 260

A victory for Luque at UFC 260 could very well mean the end of Woodley’s time with the promotion. Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque will be a pivotal matchup for the future of this stacked division, and with so many unexpected outcomes happening already this year who knows what is in store for us this weekend. One thing is for sure though, this bout has fight of the year potential and should not be overlooked. This matchup is truly worthy of being a co-main event.

That’s all for this Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque fight preview, thank you for joining me!

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