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Vicente Luque Shines At UFC 260: The Hidden Gem Of The Welterweight Division

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Vicente Luque returned this past weekend at UFC 260 and what an amazing performance against the former champion, Tyron Woodley. With the welterweight division looking very unpredictable for foreseeable future, Luque is the breath of fresh air the division needs.

Vicente has been quietly climbing the ranks and after losing to the always impressive Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 244, it looked as though Luque would just not be able to break into the top 5. Now with a huge win over Woodley, Vicente will look to solidify himself as one of the promotions greats. Let us discuss how great Luque’s career has been and what is next for the top contender.

The Career So Far

Vicente Luque broke onto the world mixed martial arts scene in 2015 after securing an anaconda choke against Hayder Hassan, since then he has earned wins against Belal Muhammad, Niko Price (twice), and, Mike Perry. “The Silent Assassin” is the perfect nickname for the overlooked Luque. He has non-stop been putting on flawless performances almost every time he steps into the octagon. Vicente Luque has possibly the widest arsenal in the promotion and his D’arce choke victory last night really backs that up.

Of Luques last 10, only two have gone the distance and he has only lost once, that being to the previously mentioned Thompson. Luque has a 90% finishing rate and even without finishes, his skills are always shown in his heart and technique. His last time out he was instantly pressured by the always scary Woodley but he stayed composed and locked up the clinch. After breaking and resetting, Luque would then come over the top of Woodley’s uppercut and wobble him, inevitably leading him to the D’arce Choke finish.

Vicente Luque Is Truly The “Silent” Assassin

Vicente Luque has officially put the world on notice and there should not be any reason to count him out anymore. He showed tremendous technique and patience but when the power was needed, he had it ready. Luque also seems to have unreal cardio. He was pressured and hurt against a big guy, the way he stepped back and took one or two heavy breaths before engaging again was perfect and the time in between exchanges was just enough to keep the fans on edge.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (L-R) Vicente Luque secures a submission against Tyron Woodley in their welterweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Vicente will be looking to stay active as the division finally finds its feet. There are so many options for Luque from here on out but he has to pick carefully as he doesn’t want to lose his position at the deep end of the welterweights. Let us discuss what’s next for “The Silent Assassin” and how far away he is from a title shot.

What Is Next For Luque After UFC 260

Vicente Luque will be looking to take no backward steps, although he definitely would not be opposed to doing so. There is so much talent in front of him and with the right opponent next, we could see a title shot for Vicente in the near future. The always impressive Luque should look for a fight within the top six of the division. Who could possibly be next for Vicente?

Michael Chiesa is probably the most likely next opponent for Luque. It would be a really great test of his wrestling defence and no matter who wins, it will definitely project them into title contention. Chiesa is amazing on the ground and could exploit holes in Luque’s game. Vicente does have good Jiu-Jitsu defence and if his power on the feet won’t work for him, a submission from the bottom is not to be counted out.

Vicente Luque could bargain for a rematch against  Leon “Rocky” Edwards. These two welterweight stars collided back in 2017 with Edwards picking up a unanimous decision victory. Since then both men have shown incredible improvements in their game and a rematch would be very fun and very interesting. Truly an epic clash to be made once again in the welterweight division.

Outside of the ranked contenders, there is an interesting name that Vicente Luque has mentioned. Nate Diaz has been in the mouth of Vicente for a while and what a better time to call him out than after a finish over the former champion. Although this matchup doesn’t make sense in terms of ranks, if gifted a shot at the superstar Diaz, Luque could find himself in the main event, maybe even a Pay-Per-View card before he takes a shot at the title.

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