Luque (18-7-1 MMA, 11-Three UFC) faces Brown on Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, and whereas a matchup towards the unranked Brown (12-Three MMA, 6-Three UFC) is probably not a step up in competitors on paper, Luque nonetheless sees him as a critical risk.
Brown has gained three of his final 4 and is coming off back-to-back finishes over Bryan Barberena and Warlley Alves. Like Luque, Brown can also be a confirmed finisher and the Brazilian acknowledged that in his pre-fight chat with MMA Junkie.
“Randy Brown is an entire fighter,” Luque defined. “He’s harmful. I’ve been preparing. His essential ability is boxing – his boxing may be very sharp. He’s a tall man who makes use of distance very properly, he throws good straight punches and he additionally has an fascinating wrestling sport. He’ll generally push his opponents towards the fence to attain factors and he can even ship some harmful ground-and-pound together with his elbows. He is probably not ranked, however he’s harmful. It’s a problem for me – I like challenges. My focus is to placed on a dominant efficiency and proceed climbing up the rankings.”
After having his six-fight successful streak snapped by the hands of Stephen Thompson final November, Luque rebounded with a third-round stoppage win over Niko Value at UFC 249 in Could.
Regardless of his spectacular win, Luque says he nonetheless has loads of room to develop.
“Which every combat I’ve been feeling an awesome evolution in my sport,” Luque stated. “I had a loss alongside the best way, towards Stephen Thompson. It was an essential combat, because it revealed varied holes in my sport – issues I wanted to appropriate. It takes time to make corrections. Towards Niko Value, extra not too long ago, I might nonetheless see a few of these holes. I’ll carry on making enhancements.
“In that combat, after I returned to my successful methods, I used to be in a position to placed on an awesome efficiency. There was plenty of motion. I landed a number of exhausting strikes that Niko was in a position to stand. So I saved going till I acquired the end within the third spherical.
“I’ve at all times discovered methods to enhance with every combat during the last 5 years within the UFC. I’m solely 28 years previous, I’m nonetheless younger and I’ve rather a lot to study on this sport. Now I really feel I’m lastly turning into a veteran, a fixture within the UFC. I’ve my very own MMA fashion. I’m feeling nice on this part of my profession.”