UFC 260 Preview: Tyron Woodley – Vicente Luque

Daniel Cunningham
UFC, Tyrone Woodley
Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tyron Woodley (red gloves) before his fight against Kamaru Usman (blue gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

In the co-main event of UFC 260, we will see a welterweight contest between two contenders heading in vastly different directions. In one corner, you have the fallen champion, Tyron Woodley (19-6-1). In the other corner, you have the surging contender, Vicente Luque (19-7-1).

At UFC 228, Tyron Woodley dominated Darren Till to retain his welterweight title. Woodley was 6-0-1 in his last seven fights and many were wondering how he would ever lose his welterweight championship.

He had the power and the wrestling to make him a threat everywhere. That’s when Woodley ran into Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. Usman completely destroyed Woodley over the course of five rounds and dominated all aspects of the fight. Woodley spent a year away after that loss.

He returned in 2020 and fought twice. Both times he was completely destroyed by Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington. The former UFC champion has gone from the peak of the mountain to having lost 14 consecutive rounds inside the octagon.

The former welterweight champion is a 2-1 underdog tomorrow night against Vicente Luque. In his last 14 fights inside the UFC, Luque is 12-2 with his only losses coming against Stephen Thompson and Leon Edwards.

Luque fought twice in 2020 and earned TKO wins over Niko Price and Randy Brown. Luque is extremely dangerous on the feet, he has a helluva chin and a solid overall game that is going to make him a very dangerous challenger to the former UFC champion tomorrow night.

UFC 260 Prediction

When it comes to the UFC 260 co-main event, it all comes down to what Tyron Woodley were going to get. A couple of years ago, I’d be comfortable picking Woodley in this spot tomorrow night.

Luque has shown that he can get hit and Woodley has incredibly power. Woodley also has the wrestling to keep Luque on his toes. However, we haven’t seen even a good version of Tyron Woodley since the Till fight.

Woodley is competing in his first three round fight since 2015. Maybe that will create some urgency in him, but if he’s tentative like he has been, Vicente Luque is going to wipe the floor with him tomorrow night.

At the end of the day, I have next to no faith in the former UFC champion. There’s no fire there or there doesn’t appear to be. I see Luque being the aggressor tomorrow night and picking Woodley apart. I don’t see this one going the distance.

Prediction: Vicente Luque by TKO – Round 2