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Brazil’s Vicente Luque earns 11th UFC win, knocks out Niko Price at ‘UFC 249’ in Jacksonville, Florida

Vicente Luque, Niko Price (©UFC)

Vicente Luque, Niko Price (©UFC)

Vicente Luque, 28, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil was one of the winners at “UFC 249.” It was the Brazilian mixed martial artist’s 11th victory in the MMA promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC 249” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 9, 2020. In the third bout of the evening, Luque fought Niko “The Hybrid” Price, 30, Cape Coral, Florida in the welterweight division.

Jason Herzog served as the referee. He put a stop to the contest after 3 minutes and 37 seconds in the third round when Luque knocked out Price via doctor stoppage.

 

Competing professionally since 2009, Luque joined the UFC in 2015. The first 10 opponents he defeated in the promotion were Price, Hayder Hassan, Alvaro Herrera, Hector Urbina, Belal Muhammad, Chad Laprise, Jalin Turner, Bryan Barberena, Derrick Krantz and Mike Perry.

The bout between Luque and Price at “UFC 249″ was a rematch. In their first encounter at “UFC Fight Night 129” on October 28, 2017, the Brazilian fighter submitted the Cape Coral native via brabo choke.

Winning at “UFC 249” improved the professional MMA record of Luque to 18 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Price now has 14 wins, 4 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.

Seven countries were represented at “UFC 249” namely were Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, France, Russia, Suriname and the U.S. Luque was one of the two representatives of Brazil while Price was one of the 16 fighters who represented the U.S.

While almost all major international sports events have been either cancelled or postponed, the UFC held “UFC 249” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of May 9, 2020, the U.S. listed 1,346,354 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 80,007 died from a disease caused by the virus and 236,825 recovered from it.

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