The Chosen One vs The Silent Assassin Live Former UFC welterweight king Tyron Woodley will look to hit back from his recent defeats when he fights Vicente Luque at UFC 260 tonight.
Woodley has lost three consecutive fights to Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington in recent years to fall down the UFC ranks.
The 38-year-old, who held the welterweight title for five fights, is determined to rebuild his reputation and takes on Luque this weekend.
Luque has a 19 and seven record and beat Randy Brown last time out in August.
Woodley vs Luque will be the lead warm-up fight to the UFC 260 rematch blockbuster between two-time heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
Tyron Woodley fight: Date and start time
The fight is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Sunday, March 27 for UK fans.
It is being held at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas.
UK fans can expect the fight at around 4:30am ahead of the main event clash between Miocic and Ngannou.
UFC 260 will be shown on BT Sport 2 and their coverage will begin at midnight.
It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.
EE mobile customers will be able to get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass and in the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
Tyron Woodley fight: Fight card
Subject to change
MAIN EVENT: Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou, Heavyweight
Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque, Welterweight
Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida, Bantamweight
Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick, Women’s Flyweight
Khama Worthy vs. Jamie Mullarkey, Lightweight
The Chosen One vs The Silent Assassin Live
Alonzo Menifield vs. Fabio Cherant, Light Heavyweight
Jared Gooden vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Welterweight
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk, Light Heavyweight
Shane Young vs. Omar Morales, Featherweight
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Abu Azaitar, Middleweight
Tyron Woodley fight: What has been said?
Vicente Luque: “This is a great fight. It makes sense for this bout to happen now.
“Woodley is an ex-champion. He’s not in a good spot right now, but he remains highly dangerous.
“He has several great wins in his career, and I’m on a new winning streak. I’m hungry to get a title shot.
“Both of us have something to prove. He wants to be champ again, and I want to prove that I can also get there and be one of the most dominant fighters in our weight class.
“I believe now is the ideal time for this fight. Fans should not miss this one.”
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.