UFC Fighter Challenges Nate Diaz: ‘Perfect Fight’

Nate Diaz

Getty Nate Diaz poses on the scale during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A top welterweight contender has a fighter from Stockton, California, in mind for his next opponent.

In the co-main event of UFC 260 on March 27, No. 10 ranked 170-pounder Vicente Luque took on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. “The Chosen One’ was able to land his patented power on Luque, however the Brazilian weathered the storm. “The Silent Assassin” fired back with his own punches and ended up catching the No. 7 ranked welterweight.

Luque hurt Woodley several times on the feet before securing a D’arce choke submission at 3:56 into the first round. The victory extended Luque’s win streak to three and he’s now 9-1 in his last 10 UFC bouts. He holds a professional record of 20-7-1.

During his post-fight interview with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, Luque chose not to challenge a fighter ranked ahead of him at welterweight. Instead he challenged one of the biggest stars in MMA, Nate Diaz.

“I want to take this time to call out Nate Diaz,” Luque said. “I’ve called him out in the past and he didn’t respond. I think right now I got a big win, I got a great streak coming on and man, my style, it matches perfect. I’m going to go forward, I’m going to punch everybody in the face to try and get that knockout, every single minute and I think Nate is a perfect fight. Let’s go!”

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Luque Has Fought 3 Times Since Diaz’s Last Match

Diaz last competed in November 2019 in the main event of UFC 244. He competed for the “BMF” title against Jorge Masvidal and lost via doctor’s stoppage in between the third and fourth rounds. Luque fought on the same card against Stephen Thompson and “Wonderboy” snapped Luque’s six-fight win streak by unanimous decision.

Since then, Luque has stepped inside the Octagon three times, earning three victories by stoppage.

He defeated Niko Price by third-round doctor’s stoppage at UFC 249 and Randy Brown by second-round KO at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. His victory over Woodley on Saturday night was the biggest victory of his 28-fight professional MMA career.

UFC 260 Results

March 27 marked the highly anticipated rematch between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. The fight went entirely different than first when Miocic won via unanimous decision. Ngannou knocked out the champion in the second round, earning the heavyweight strap.

Here are the event results:

Main card

Francis Ngannou def. Stipe Miocic via Second-Round KO

Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley via First-Round Submission

Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida via Third-Round KO

Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worthy via First-Round KO

Preliminary Card

Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant via First-Round Submission

Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Omar Morales def. Shane Young via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Early Preliminary Card

Marc-Andre Barriault def. Abu Azaitar via Third-Round TKO

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