The welterweight division has always been one of the most stacked divisions in all of MMA. In 2018, Vicente Luque continues to help show why.
At UFC 229 on October 6, Luque added yet another highlight to his already very impressive highlight reel with a first-round knockout of Jalin Turner.
The win extended Luque’s current streak to three straight now making him 7-2 in the organization with all seven of those wins coming by way of finish (four KO/TKOs, three submissions).
Having earned such impressive victories at only age 26 has given the Brazilian plenty of confidence to keep moving forward with.
“I think I’m at another level right now,” told BJPENN.COM Radio, “I’ve been showing that every fight. People talk a lot, but I don’t think that nothing can talk more than a fight. I go in there and I do my thing. I finish people. So not only I’ve been winning decisively, but that’s what people want to see, you know.
The fans want to watch fights like that. So I’m the kind of guy that’s going to go in there, put on great fights. So I think the UFC is for sure starting to see that, and they’re going to value that for sure. And I think I’m in a good position now to start getting bigger fights and start getting big names.”
Now feeling ready to take a step up in competition, Luque has several options waiting ahead of him in the loaded UFC welterweight division.
He has some names in mind, but really he just wants the fights that he knows will turn out to be as exciting as possible.
“I would like to fight [Jorge] Masvidal. I’m not sure [if] Masvidal wants to go [to] 155 [pounds] or he wants to fight some ranked guy. I mean, I respect his opinion. If he doesn’t want to fight someone that is up and coming, no problem with that. But I’m going to start calling out people that I think would be good fights, not only for me, in a strategic point, but also that we’re going to put on a fight. So Masvidal would be a guy that I’m sure that we would go in there and just put on a fight, and we’re going to be trying to knock each other out all the time.
Another guy, I mean [Mike] Perry and Donald Cerrone, whoever wins that fight, I would have an eye on them. I think that would be a great fight for me as well. I like fights that people are going to be excited to watch. So that’s the kind of thing that I think that I do have to do more, start talking more about what I want because I have these things on my mind. And sometimes I just, you know, I don’t talk about it, but I want to fight these guys, so that’s something.
About trashing talking, that’s not who I am, I’m just a guy that I’m always going to respect everyone I fight and everybody that fights. We do so much to get into that cage, I have nothing but respect for all my opponents. But don’t get me wrong, when I get in there, I’m going to go out to knock them out at every moment, and finish him in any way I can.”
Luque was a contestant on season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter and has turned out to be one of the 170-pound weight class’ must watch prospects.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/5/2018