The welterweight division can mix and match almost anyone and get a good fight out of it.
Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque at UFC 244 is just further proof of that.
By default, UFC 244 was expected to be a big event right from the moment that it was announced that it will be held in Madison Square Garden. With multiple big-time matchups already on tap, it would appear that there are plenty more on the way.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed on Tuesday that the UFC’s return to New York City will be treated to another intriguing welterweight scrap as Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (14-4-1) will face off with Vicente Luque (17-6-1) at the November 2 date.
Breaking: Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson vs. Vicente Luque has been added to UFC 244 on Nov. 2 in NYC, per Dana White. Wonderboy wanted to return to MSG and Luque, 10-2 in the UFC, hails from nearby New Jersey. Fun matchup at 170. pic.twitter.com/Ujtt3HvcVb
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 10, 2019
For Brazil’s “Silent Assassin” in Luque, this will undeniably be his biggest fight yet.
A perennial dark horse at 170-pounds since his arrival in the UFC off of The Ultimate Fighter season 21 in July 2015, the 27-year old has started his career off nicely as he’s 10-2 in the organization.
Currently riding a six-fight winning streak after a recent fight of the night victory over Mike Perry at UFC Uruguay, Luque is 10-1 in his last 11 bouts with his lone loss coming to a fellow divisional dark horse, Leon Edwards.
As for his next opponent in the former two-time title challenger, “Wonderboy,” he will be looking to regain that long lost momentum that he once held tightly within his grasp.
Thompson, 37, has hit a bit of a rough patch after starting out 13-1 in his brilliant career. Riding a two-fight losing streak after losses to Darren Till and Anthony Pettis with some injuries mixed in along the way, the Simpsonville, South Carolina native is 1-3-1 in his last four outings.
The addition of the bout makes it the third welterweight showdown on the card. You can see what other fights are currently lined up for UFC 244 below.
- Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz
- Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till
- Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker
- Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov
- Welterweight: Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque
- Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia
- Middleweight: Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Krzysztof Jotko
- Welterweight: Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre
- Featherweight: Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is a MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).