Vicente Luque
The Silent Assassin


Opting to take some time off
November 8, 2019
Luque had decided to take some time off following his loss to Stephen Thompson at UFC 244 last weekend in New York City, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Luque dropped his first bout last Saturday in over two years as the 27-year-old has followed up the loss with the decision to take some time off and work on his evolution as a fighter before making an expected return to the octagon sometime around June 2020. After appearing in five matches over a 13-month span, Luque plans to rest for a bit with no training at all and afterward will work himself hard to evolve even more as a fighter and fix the mistakes that led to his defeat at UFC 244. Luque hopes that he can be booked for another high-profile match once he feels like he's ready to come back.
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Win streak halted at six
November 2, 2019
Luque lost to Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 27-29) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
Luque finally got the high-profile fight he had been seeking and he no-showed. Despite the fact he was dominated over the course of a 15-minute kickboxing match, Luque's toughness was on full display. Thompson kept smashing Vicente and Luque kept on pushing forward. The Brazilian does his best work in a brawl and that's not the type of fight in which Wonderboy is typically involved in. On paper it appeared as if this could potentially be a bad match up for Luque and that ended up being the case. The good news for Luque is that he won't turn 28 years of age until the end of the month and there's plenty of time to rebound from this poor effort. The loss snaps a six-fight winning streak for Luque. He hadn't lost in more than two and a half years prior to Saturday.
Squaring off at UFC 244
September 10, 2019
Luque will take on Stephen Thompson at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Luque and Thompson are at far different portions of their respective careers, with Luque trying to prove he can hang with the big boys and Thompson looking to hang on to some magic as his career winds down. Luque's wins have come primarily by KO/TKO in his recent bouts, though he does have a history of some submissions as well. This marks his first-ever pay-per-view fight, while Thompson is well-versed in that arena.
Survives Fight of the Night against Mike Perry
August 10, 2019
Luque defeated Mike Perry via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
This was supposed to be fight of the night, and it was. Both fighters went through the ringer. Perry appeared to get the worst of it, as his nose was badly destroyed following the bout. Luque was the more diverse striker, as he landed 43 significant strikes to the head, six to the body and 35 to the legs. Perry was much more focused on head strikes. He landed 56 of his 87 significant strikes to the head. The judges' appreciated Luque's style more and handed him the fight. "The Silent Assassin" now has quite the winning streak going in the welterweight division. Since dropping a decision against Leon Edwards in 2017, he has won six-straight fights.
To fight Mike Perry in Uruguay
July 2, 2019
Luque will face off against Mike Perry for UFC Fight Night Uruguay on Aug. 10, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Luque has won his past five bouts via stoppage and is 16-6 as a pro. He most recently defeated Derrick Krantz via TKO in the very first round. Luque is finally getting a bigger name with the Perry matchup, but this appears to be a winnable fight on paper. He's got momentum on his side, in addition to a one-inch height and four-inch reach advantage. Statistically, he's a higher-volume and more accurate striker, who also has a shade of offensive wrestling to lean on if need be. Perry will try to turn this into a brawl as usual, which could be dangerous for a fighter like Luque who absorbs 4.52 significant strikes landed per minute. Other than that, most factors lean in the direction of Luque, who will presumably have the crowd behind him as well.
Comes through as massive favorite
May 18, 2019
Luque defeated Derrick Krantz via TKO (strikes) at 3:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
Things started a bit hairy for the (-1100) favorite before Luque righted the ship in short order. The thunder in his hands is blatantly obvious whenever you watch him fight, and a combination of a knee and a straight right hand ended the evening of his late-notice replacement. Luque is an excellent fighter, and the UFC realizes that, which his why he was scheduled for a co-main event spot here against Neil Magny before his opponent was forced to withdraw due to a failed drug test. After the fight, he said he wants to face Santiago Ponzinibbio in the UFC Uruguay main event. While it remains to be seen if that wish will be granted, Luque is surely going to get a bigger-name opponent his next time out.