Tyron Woodley is ready to return to the UFC octagon in opposition to promising younger contender Vicente Luque at the UFC 260 PPV occasion in March. In response to MMA Preventing, many sources have confirmed that the bout settlement is already in place and Vicente Luques’s nook has already signed the contract. Brett Okamoto of ESPN on Twitter initially reported the information.
Thought of to be one of many biggest welterweight fighters in UFC historical past, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has had a tough slide within the final two years. The Chosen One enters the octagon following a three-fight shedding skid in opposition to the division’s high three fighters.
No. 9 ranked Vicente Luque is without doubt one of the promising up-and-comers within the welterweight division and holds a 12-3 document within the UFC up to now. Luque is thought for his deadly placing and fan-friendly combating model. Following a unanimous determination loss to Stephen Thompson, Luque has scored stoppage wins over his final two opponents Niko Worth and Randy Brown, ending all however two of his opponents within the UFC.
Within the traditional veteran versus prospect matchup, Tyron Woodley and Vicente Luque will try and make a case for a top-three opponent following a win at UFC 260.
Tyron Woodley’s current decline
In a seven-fight unbeaten run that lasted from 2014 to 2019, Tyron Woodley received the welterweight title by knocking Robbie Lawler out within the first spherical and defended it 4 occasions in opposition to Stephen Thompson (twice), Demian Maia and Darren Until earlier than shedding to Kamaru Usman. Woodley fought Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington in 2020 and misplaced each fights in a lopsided style. Tyron Woodley’s current decline is clear from the truth that he has not been capable of win any of the final 14 rounds he has fought contained in the UFC octagon.
At 38 years of age, Woodley is without doubt one of the extra standard and profitable fighters on the tail finish of their profession. Whereas a win over Vicente Luque could make him related within the title image once more, a loss will push him additional down within the rankings and requires his retirement will solely get louder.
UFC 260 PPV essential card might be headlined by a much-anticipated rematch between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis NGannou. Within the co-headliner, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will try and defend his title in opposition to a resurgent Brian Ortega coming off a spectacular in over ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung.
Printed 03 Feb 2021, 05:45 IST