- Tyron Woodley will face Vicente Luque in a welterweight bout at UFC 260.
- Woodley has lost his last three fights, including a knockout loss to Colby Covington last September.
- Luque has won eight out of his last nine bouts, including seven via stoppage.
UFC 260 has added another marquee name to its fight card.
The March 27th event will be headlined by the heavyweight title fight between champion Stipe Miocic and no. 1 contender Francis Ngannou. A featherweight title bout between champion Alexander Volkanovski and challenger Brian Ortega has also been announced as the co-headliner for the event.
On Tuesday, multiple sources confirmed to MMAJunkie that a fight between former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Top 10 welterweight Vicente Luque will also take place of the event.
Ex-champ Tyron Woodley meets Vicente Luque at UFC 260 in March https://t.co/dKCHrFXweJ via @MMAjunkie
— MMA Alley (@MMAAlley) February 2, 2021
The addition of Woodley makes the total number of former and current champions in the event to three, after Miocic and Volkanovski.
Three Straight Losses
Photo: Tyron Woodley suffers broken rib in UFC Vegas 11 loss to Colby Covington (@MMAFightingSM) https://t.co/IIblvG6d5u pic.twitter.com/gAYe0qyhTf
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 20, 2020
Woodley has lost his last three fights, the first time in his MMA career where he’s lost consecutive bouts. During this losing skid, Woodley has been dominated in all three bouts, failing to win a single round in any of those fights. In the most recent one, Woodley was beaten up badly and bloodied by Colby Covington for 21 minutes before Woodley complained of a broken rib and referee Dan Mirgliotta called a halt to the bout.
The 38-year old from Ferguson, Missouri is a former two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri. Woodley was a standout at Strikeforce where he challenged for the welterweight title but lost to Nate Marquardt via KO. However, the former champion is just 3-3-1 in his last seven bouts.
The Chosen One won the UFC welterweight title from Robbie Lawler at UFC 201. He made four defenses of the belt, coming up with three wins and a draw against Stephen Thompson. But since dropping the gold to current champion Kamaru Usman, Woodley has seen a rough patch. The best UFC betting sites had Woodley as the betting favorite in four out of his last five bouts but he’s won just two of those. He will try to snap out of that skid at UFC 260, but it won’t be a walk in the park.
A Dangerous Opponent
#UFCVegas5 Results: Vicente Luque def. Randy Brown by KO (Knee) in Round 2 (4:56) via @GumbyVreeland #MMA #UFC https://t.co/ksXnlrHMGc
— Cageside Press (@Cagesidepress) August 2, 2020
Vicente Luque is a dangerous opponent for anyone, much more for a struggling Tyron Woodley who is coming off the first stoppage loss of his career. The 29-year old from West Wood, New Jersey was a semi-finalist at the The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs Blackzillians and is the UFC’s current no. 9 ranked welterweight contender.
Known as the silent assassin, Luque is coming off a knockout win over Randy Brown last August. He has won eight out of his last nine fights, including seven via stoppage. Since dropping a close unanimous decision to Michael Graves in his UFC debut, Luque has been 12-2 inside the Octagon, losing only to Top 5 welterweights Stephen Thomson and Leon Edwards.
89% of Luque’s career victories have been by stoppage, and with the opportunity to get the biggest win of his career here, look for him to do what he does best. Luque has never been knocked out but has been submitted twice in his career. However, both submission losses have come prior to his UFC stint.