The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, August 7, 2021, for UFC 265, headlined by an interim heavyweight championship bout between No. 2 ranked Derrick Lewis and No. 3 ranked Ciryl Gane.
Co-headlining the event is an incredible bantamweight showdown between former multi-time WEC & UFC featherweight champion, No. 5 ranked Jose Aldo, who faces No. 9 ranked Pedro Munhoz in a three round scrap.
The featured bout of the evening came between two stud welterweights in No. 5 ranked Michael Chiesa and No. 6 ranked Vicente Luque, both of which are on hot streaks of their own coming in.
Chiesa is 4-0 since moving up to 170 lbs, while Luque has won his last three straight, all via finish. Actually, Luque came to the UFC with a record of 7-4-1. After losing his TUF 21 finale bout, he’s gone 13-2 since, securing an astounding 12 finishes, and only losing decisions to Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson.
In all honesty though, not too many of Luque’s opponents have really tried to wrestle him like Chiesa will, and Chiesa’s one of the better MMA grapplers in the whole sport.
Continue reading to see how this epic welterweight bout went down:
Official Result: Vicente Luque def. Michael Chiesa via (submission) D’Arce choke at 3:25 of round one
Chiesa circles on the outside of the octagon for a solid two minutes, as Luque is pursuing him. He then lands a nice jab-cross combination, perhaps the best strikes he’s thrown in his career. They were both so sharp and crisp, and the cross forced a cut open on Luque.
Chiesa shoots on a takedown and secures it, before taking Luque’s back. He’s looking for the rear naked choke, but decides to try for an armbar and loses position.
In the matter of a mere second, Luque so quickly wraps up a D’Arce choke. Chiesa tries to get out of it, and holds on longer than most would’ve, but he was eventually forced to tap.
It was Luque’s hands Chiesa was worried about coming in, and it turned out to be his grappling that was the kryptonite. Luque’s front chokes are every bit as good as Chiesa’s rear nakeds.
Vicente Luque improves his win streak to four straight, his professional record to 21-7-1, and it appears he’ll be fighting for the title, if not be matched up in a No. 1 contender fight very soon.
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