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Midnight Mania! Welterweight Vicente Luque details knocking out former 205-pound title challenger Thiago Santos

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Vicente Luque has quietly proven himself one of the best finishers on the roster. In 14 UFC victories, Luque has knocked out or submitted all but one opponent, including a stoppage win over his opponent tomorrow night, Belal Muhammad. He’s aggressive, powerful, and highly opportunistic.

The most interesting bit of trivia regarding Luque occurred long before his UFC career, however. Back in 2012, Luque was still figuring out his approach to MMA and held a pedestrian (3-2-1) record as a professional. Still, when an opportunity arose to fight an undefeated (7-0) kickboxer, Luque rolled the dice.

That kickboxer turned out to be Thiago Santos, a far bigger man! “Marreta” was a weight class above “The Silent Assassin” even back then, and now he fights at 205-pounds, where he once fought Jon Jones for the UFC title. Santos actually took Jones the distance and lost a split-decision, but his bout vs. Luque ended far more decisively. While speaking with Just Scrap Radio on, Luque told his story about knocking out Santos.

“So that was early in both of our careers, I was training and I got this fight on like three weeks’ notice, something like that,” Luque said . “We knew he was a striker and that’s why we took the fight, I’m a striker as well. Okay, three weeks but it’s a striker, it makes sense it’s going to be the same game. We go there after flying in and when I get to the city we are fighting in, I arrived late so I wasn’t able to weigh in and make the faceoff, so I weighed in with the commission and went back to the hotel and did my recovery.

“The only time I saw Thiago was at the moment of the fight. He wasn’t like how he is now but he was a big guy and I looked at him and was like ‘man what did I get myself into? it didn’t make sense.’ I thought I had to go in there and knock him out as quick as possible and not get hit and it worked out,” Luque continued. “I think it was like 15 seconds, 20 seconds, it was really quick. It was a big win that was a win later on when they were considering putting me on The Ultimate Fighter they saw I had that win and Thiago was already in the UFC, so it made sense. It was a big win in my career.”

Check out the clip below:

It’s not quite as bizarre as Lightweight champ BJ Penn facing eventual Light Heavyweight kingpin Lyoto Machida, but this is still a pretty incredible win on Luque’s record! Even back in 2012, that left hook was nasty.

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