Welterweights Vicente Luque and Mike Perry stole the show at UFC on ESPN+ 14 on Saturday night in Montevideo, Uruguay.
A guillotine choke attempt by Luque (16-6-1 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in the final minutes of his split-decision victory over Perry (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) was a pivotal moment in the fight. However, the submission apparently wasn’t as tight as it may have appeared. The Brazilian-American said he knew the choke was not going to be a fight-ender but tried his best to lock it in anyways.
As blood spewed from his head, Perry was eventually able to slip out of Luque’s clutches. But when “Platinum” did not unleash bombs at the sound of the 10-second clacker, Luque realized something was up. A post-fight close-up of Perry’s nose showed the nasal structure was utterly destroyed from an earlier Luque knee.
“The guillotine was 80-85 percent, so a guy like him, I knew it wasn’t going to finish,” Luque said on the ESPN+ post-fight show. “He got me down, I didn’t want to capitalize and let him do anything, so I’m going to hold this as much as I can. When I saw there was about 15-20 seconds left, I said, ‘OK, let me let go.’
“I was ready for him to unload. When he did not unload, I knew something was wrong. So, I thought, ‘Oh, maybe he got hurt or something.’ So then once we got the fight finished, I saw his nose and was like, ‘OK, that’s what happened.’”
Though Perry’s toughness was on full display, Luque said he wasn’t surprised, insisting he knew what he signed up for when he put his name on the dotted line to fight Perry.
“I think he went in there and gave it all,” Luque said. “I knew it was going to be a fight like that. I didn’t want to get as hit as I did. But overall, I think I went in there, put on my gameplan, tried to mix it up. I didn’t want to only hit his head – hit his body, hit his legs.
“I think I did more than enough to win the fight. Having ‘Fight of the Night’ is even better. I knew there was a lot of potential for this. He’s a super durable guy. My first decision in the UFC, and it couldn’t be against a tougher guy.”
Overall, Luque said he wass thrilled with his performance. Currently an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA welterweight rankings, Luque has won six straight bouts inside the UFC cage. Five of the bouts in that stretch have come inside the distance. Since his UFC debut in July 2015, Luque has only lost one fight – to current No. 10 Leon Edwards.
Regardless of what’s on the horizon for the 27-year-old New Jersey-born fighter, he said believes a ranked opponent has to be the next step for him. Despite his streak of dominance, Luque has not competed against a ranked fighter since March 2017.
On the mic following the bout, Luque called out former title challenger Stephen Thompson for a potential matchup in November or December.
“I don’t know if I’m the most active, but I believe that I’m one of the most active welterweights right now,” Luque said. “A performance like that against a tough guy – Perry is not the kind of guy people want to fight. Nobody wants to fight with him, maybe because he’s not ranked right now and he’s super dangerous. I think it was the kind of fight for me to once more prove to everybody.
“I’m here to fight anyone, and if you really want to throw down with me, I’m going to throw down right back. I’m going to hurt you. I think I deserve a top-10 right now. I don’t see it any other way. I don’t know. maybe ‘Wonderboy.’ If he wants to fight at the end of the year, I think that’s possible for me. Just got to (put) some ice on the face, on the feet from the kicks, and then I’ll be good to go.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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