MMA Preview – Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque at UFC 260

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TYRON WOODLEY VS VICENTE LUQUE FACTS

When is UFC 260? Sunday 28th March, 2021 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 260? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 260? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC 260 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 260? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

TYRON WOODLEY VS VICENTE LUQUE LOWDOWN

What happened to Tyron Woodley (19-6-1), has he got exposed or has he just dropped off with time? After his fourth title defence and annihilation of Darren Till he was tracking Georges St Pierre as one of the best welterweights of all time. He went into his fifth title defence against Kamaru Usman with one of the best takedown defences in the game and the explosive power to knock anyone out, but Usman ragdolled the life out of him for five rounds. Putting it down as a blip, he then met Gilbert Burns but the same outcome – a complete five-round schooling followed by another handed out by Colby Covington who eventually claimed a TKO due to a rib injury in the fifth round.

Vicente Luque (19-7-1) has been awarded with a prime co-main spot on the pay-per-view card as the Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega fight fell through. He deserves a big name after only losing to Stephen Thompson in his last nine fights. ‘Wonderboy’ snapped a six-fight streak with a vintage technical masterclass but Luque rebounded in typical bulldozing fashion last year by knocking out Niko Price and Randy Brown with a merciless finish after a thunderous knee to the dome.

TYRON WOODLEY VS VICENTE LUQUE PREDICTION

Despite Woodley’s last three opponents being absolute grappling beasts, based on how limp his performances were, we have to go with Luque. Woodley when he was the champion would outclass Luque, patiently countering with his blistering power backed up by his wrestling.

However, Luque has all the form and his granite chin has continued to hold up in wars against dangerous strikers. He is made of concrete and as Woodley is also super durable with good defence, we expect a decision with Luque’s aggression swaying the judges.

Luque is the heavy favourite but despite Woodley’s poor form, he is worth a punt with this stylistic match-up. This is only three rounds and he knows Luque is not going to try and wrestle him for 15 minutes. He can concentrate on his striking and if just a glimpse of the old Woodley shows up and that trademarked explosion of punches rushing forward appears, Luque could be in trouble.

Prediction: Luque via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Woodley via Decision

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