UFC Uruguay: Luque vs. Perry

UFC Welterweight’s Vicente Luque and Mike Perry will go to war this Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay at UFC Fight Night 156. In the nights co-main event we see two of the divisions most notorious brawlers throw down in a highly anticipated fight.

Vicente Luque (16-6-1) a 27-year-old of Brazilian descent and fighting out of New Jersey has looked phenomenal as of late. Currently riding a five-fight win streak all of which have come within the distance. A winner in 9 of his last 10 bouts Luque’s lone defeat came at the hands of top contender Leon Edwards. Recently ousted from the UFC rankings Luque will aim to use this co-main event slot to propel himself back into the mix at 170lbs by taking out one of the divisions most popular fighters.

The man tasked with ending Luque’s hot streak is non other than “Platinum” Mike Perry (13-4). A fan favourite for his brawling fight style and wacky personality Perry has found himself pitted against upper echelon fighters who he has struggled against going 2-3 in his last 5 fights. Despite being revered as a great KO artist Perry has not scored a stoppage win in close two years and will be keen to make it two wins in a row with a highlight reel finish to end Vicente Luque’s winning run.

 

Vicente Luque has brilliant boxing skills which he has utilised well throughout his UFC career, even more so recently with 4 KO/TKO victories in a row. An impressive counter striker who isn’t afraid to let several punch combinations fly during his attacks Luque will need to have his boxing on point as he comes up against a former professional in Mike Perry. He can make this fight easy by dictating the pace with smart boxing to keep Perry guessing with his effective counter striking. An easy fight becomes much more difficult should Luque engage in a brawl with Perry. At that point this fight basically becomes a shoot out and while the fans will win you cannot be entirely convinced Luque will. Another route to victory for Luque can be seen in his strong submission game with 6 submission wins on his record “The Silent Assassin” may look to lock up a choke to get this one done. The D’Arce choke the go to move of Luque who has pulled it off 4 times throughout his career most recently when he began his most current win streak by tapping Niko Price in 2017.

Mike Perry is a brawler in the true sense of the word. He will come forward and hunt down Luque for the full duration of this fight to try to  land the big shot that takes him out. Despite this he should not be considered a one trick pony. With nasty knees, vicious elbows and two nuclear bombs he calls hands Perry has a variety of ways to win this fight. One thing he’ll need to avoid is going to the ground. We haven’t seen much of Perry on the mat but if the Donald Cerrone fight is anything to go by we don’t want to, especially with Luque being something of a choke specialist. A huge positive for “Platinum” heading into UFC Uruguay is that his opponent is not afraid to stand, he does like to hold his ground and he also gets hit a fair amount. This has got to offer encouragement to the Perry camp that the opportunity is there to be taken, they’ve just got to go take it.

In this co-main event showcase both Vicente Luque and Mike Perry have the opportunity to announce themselves as a true player in the stacked 170lb division. This highly anticipated fight will likely reward the winner with a welterweight ranking whilst the loser will have some rebuilding to do before they can consider themselves among the best in the division.

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