Streaking welterweight contender, Vicente Luque may have a high-stakes rematch with his fellow surging, Belal Muhammad awaiting him next weekend at UFC Vegas 51, however, has admitted that the chance to “test” himself against former interim division titleholder, Colby Covington prior to a premier title challenge is something he would wholly welcome.
Luque, undefeated in his four consecutively, currently sits at #4 in the official welterweight pile, adding slick grappler, Michael Chiesa to his winning run back in August at UFC 265 with an opening round D’Arce choke victory.
Next weekend’s outing marks Luque’s promotional headlining debut, as he welcomes the surging Chicago native, Muhammad – initially matching with the Roufusport mainstay at UFC 2015 in November 2016, scoring an opening round knockout.
Vicente Luque cracked the welterweight top-5 with his submission win over Michael Chiesa
Running roughshod over his welterweight counterparts, the Sanford MMA mainstay insists that a potential future title-eliminator against former interim champion, Covington in the future off the back of a second career win over Muhammad would set him straight for his first tilt at promotional spoils.
“He’s (Colby Covington) the number one contender,” Vicente Luque told ESPN. “He’s coming off a win. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the division until I fight and after I fight, so it might be a good fight for me to secure that number one contender (spot) and get the next title shot, so we got to see what’s going to happen. When I see Colby, I don’t like his personality, I don’t like who he is as a person outside of the Octagon, but I respect him as a fighter.”
“He’s a tough guy,” Vicente Luque explained. “He goes in there and really puts his heart in the fight. So I think it would be an awesome fight. He would go in there and try to beat me. I’m going to go in there and try to finish him.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
Prior to his victory against Chiesa last summer, Luque, a native of New Jersey, stopped former undisputed welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley with another first round D’Arce choke in the latter’s final Octagon outing.
Amongst his other Octagon wins, Luque has defeated Randy Brown, Niko Price, Mike Perry, Bryan Barberena, Jalin Turner, as well as the above mentioned, Muhammad.