UFC Fight Night 156 Squared Up: Perry vs Luque

Jason Paglia

Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:25 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 1:25 PM UTC

Who will win the the UFC Fight Night 156 co-main event fight?
<p>The co-main event of UFC Uruguay features two welterweight bombers when Mike Perry squares off against Vicente Luque. It has been a bit of a free fall for ‘Platinum Mike’, right out of the top 15 of the welterweight division. Perry is only 3-3 over his last 6 fights and he needs a win badly. On the flip side, Vicente Luque’s trajectory has consistently gone up over the last two years winning 5 of his last 6 fights. Can Mike Perry get back on track? Can Luque keep his forward momentum? Let’s get after it!</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/mike-perry-vs-vicente-luque-3864026/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Mike Perry vs Vicente Luque Odds Board"><strong>MIKE PERRY (13-4) vs VICENTE LUQUE (16-6-1) </strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://www.mmaindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mike-Perry.jpg" style="width:90%" /></p><div><h2> </h2><h2>Mike Perry</h2><p>The fighting pride of Flint, Michigan Mike Perry is the definition of a brawler. While the UFC is chock full of gladiators, Mike Perry is one of the few that truly standout in the crowd. To put it simply, the man is violent. Really violent. Perry initially burst onto the UFC scene in August of 2016 as a last minute replacement at UFC 202. It took Perry all of three minutes to become a fan favorite when he knocked out Hyun Gyu Lim in spectacular fashion. That sent Perry off to the races, winning 4 of his first 5 fights in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. His fairytale beginning however, has taken a bit of a turn. Mike Perry is 3-3 in his last 6 fights and could really use a win at UFC Fight Night 156. Will he be able to beat a surging Vicente Luque on Saturday night? Let’s break him down by the numbers.</p><p> </p><p><strong>STATS:</strong></p><p><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d4c31ef058859809eac6995/original-mike-perry-stats" style="width:100%" /></p><p> </p><p><strong>PROS:</strong></p><p>• <strong>Striking</strong> (Perry is an elite power boxer in the sport of MMA. He relies more on his hands then his feet but when he does strike with his legs he is effective.)</p><p>• <strong>Power</strong> (It would not be an overstatement to say that Mike Perry hits harder than anyone in his weight class. People often say wow “Blank has bricks in his gloves.” Well mike Perry might actually dip his hands in concrete before he puts his gloves on. He doesn’t try to knock you out, he tries to put your head in the 8th row.)</p><p>• <strong>Durability/Heart </strong>(Perry has been in a few wars during his UFC career and he does not quit. He also does not get knocked out. In fact he has never been knocked out in his professional MMA career. If you are going to beat him, you have to beat him another way because he does not allow you to impose your will on him. If Warrior had a picture in the dictionary, it would be a picture of Mike Perry. The man is a machine.)</p><p><strong>CONS:</strong></p><p>• <strong>Ground Game</strong> ( Mike Perry does not come from a wrestling or BJJ background. The only threat he poses on the ground is if he gets on top of you. If that happens he can easily GnP you to a TKO victory but especially this fight, he will be at a substantial disadvantage on the ground. He was submitted for the first time in his fight against Cowboy, but the ground is clearly a place that Perry doesn’t want to be. If he is on the ground, chances are he is in trouble.)</p><p>• <strong>Defense</strong> (For as great of a power boxer as Mike Perry is, his defense on the feet is surprisingly bad. He will be there to be hit. What Perry has in his favor this fight, is his opponent will be looking to get him to the ground. It is worth noting however for future fights, that he absorbs more significant strikes per minute then he lands. For someone that relies on striking, that is a potential problem down the line.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://as.com/masdeporte/imagenes/2018/10/03/polideportivo/1538603811_818832_1538652174_noticia_normal.jpg" style="width:90%" /></h2><h2> </h2><h2>Vicente Lugue</h2><p>Vicente Lugue was born in Westwood, New Jersey and began training in various forms of mixed martial arts from a young age. As a teenager he fell in love with the practices of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and at that point, took the sport of MMA more serious. In 2009 he made his professional MMA debut for various regional promotions. After compiling a 7-4-1 record in those promotions in Brazil, he tried out for the UFC reality TV show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. After making it to the 2nd round of the show, he lost in the semifinals against Hader Hassan via split decision. Luque thought his dream of making it to the UFC was over, but the UFC brass thought differently. On the Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale Luque debuted against fellow castmate Michael Graves and he lost again, this time by unanimous decision.</p><p>Incredibly the UFC gave him another shot at UFC on FOX 17 where he redeemed himself against Hayder Hassan who he had lost to earlier on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, and the rest is history. Since that fight Vicente Luque has won 9 of 10 including 5 straight, and comes into Saturday’s fight as the #15 ranked welterweight in the world. Below is a look at Luque by the numbers.</p><p> </p><p><strong>STATS:</strong></p><p><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d4c325b058859809eac6996/original-vicente-luque-stats" style="width:100%" /></p><p><strong>PROS:</strong></p><p>• <strong>Pressure</strong> (Luque is a monster out of the gate and he tries to keep that pace and pressure up until he mauls his opponents.)</p><p>• <strong>Grappling</strong> (Although Luque isn’t a black belt in BJJ, he does hold a brown belt and is very good on the ground. His submission skills are legit and his wrestling game as a by product, is very solid. If he gets you to the ground, he has excellent top control, and can do any number of things from that position be it a sub or ground and pound.)</p><p>• <strong>Counter Striking</strong> (Vicente Luque is a very accurate and powerful striker but where he really shines is in his counter striking game. He is not afraid to have fighters swing at him, and because he swarms his opponents, he spends a lot of time in the pocket countering all the strikes thrown at him that are a defense mechanism for his opponents.)</p><p>• <strong>Strength</strong> (Hulk strong….Hulk SMASH.)</p><p><strong>CONS:</strong></p><p>• <strong>Stamina</strong> (Vicente Luque is a very well-rounded fighter, so when I was looking for a couple cons, only one stuck out to me. STAMINA!!! He has been known to gas out really bad at times. He sets a ridiculous pace and pressure game and he forgets that there is a 3rd round in fights. That is a problem for him. It has been better the last couple fights but he did gas out badly against Barberena, and he was lucky to get that win because he dropped Brian late in the 3rd round. I don’t think it will be an issue in the Perry fight because Mike doesn’t have the best stamina and it wouldn’t shock me if this fight ends before the judges take over anyway. BUT Luque needs to work on it going forward.)</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--QzrUoU1e--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/17wwvcry020hhjpg.jpg" style="width:90%" /></p><p><strong style="font-size:18px">THE VERDICT</strong></p><p>Mike Perry has been such a disappointment the last two years. I had such high hopes for ‘Platinum Mike’ when he first got on the scene. What has he done in his last 6 fights that have inspired confidence in him? He is 3-3 in his last 6 fights. He is a power striker that doesn’t knock anyone out anymore, he gasses out, and he has NO ground game at all. He does have an above average chin, but what does that mean? It’s hard to knock him out but it isn’t hard to win a decision against him anyway.</p><p>On the flip side, Vicente Luque is in good form. He cracked the welterweight top 15 and his trajectory is only going up. You wouldn’t think that trajectory means that much but it does. When a fighter is subpar for a few fights, he usually stays subpar. It’s hard to break out of the funk because you’re confidence starts to deplete.</p><p>Luque has bombs in his hands, he throws volume, he has an excellent ground game, and his pressure and pace is a problem for most fighters. The pressure that he is going to give Perry should be a problem for him. The only thing that I see stopping Luque from winning this fight are the wild punches that Perry will throw in exchanges. Perry isn’t technical, he is just powerful. When he is flinging those wide looping punches, Luque needs to avoid them. My sense is Luque takes Perry to the ground. Mike is like a fish out of water when he is on his back. That’s the reason why Cowboy submitted him so fast. If Luque gets him to the ground, it’s over. If Luque is disciplined in his standup and he avoids the bombs, it’s over. Give me Vicente Luque. Book it!</p><p><strong>THE PICK:</strong></p><ul> <li>Vicente Luque at 10/21 (1.48)</li></ul><div> </div><div style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=162&amp;a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0005/1349915/Biggest-Ever-Bet-Boost-1280x480-English-UK.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></div></div>
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