Vicente Luque Talks ‘Throwing Strategy Out The Window’ In Phoenix

Vicente Luque talks throwing ‘strategy out the window’ in his epic war with Bryan Barberena last Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 1. It was one of the more memorable fights in some time. Both Luque and Barberena left it all in the Octagon on Sunday night. After a “Fight Of The Night” […]

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Vicente Luque talks throwing ‘strategy out the window’ in his epic war with Bryan Barberena last Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 1.

It was one of the more memorable fights in some time. Both Luque and Barberena left it all in the Octagon on Sunday night. After a “Fight Of The Night” performance like that, you would think everyone in “The Silent Assassins” camp would be stoked.

Well, almost everyone, as Luque explained, because his fiancee was none too pleased that he decided to stop Barberena’s punches with his head just a few weeks before their wedding day.

“I’ve got to ice my face up to look good,” Luque told reporters after the fight (via MMAjunkie). “She’s going to be – she is mad at me. She talked to me right there, she said, ‘What’s going on? What fight was that,”” he explained. “This is MMA. Sometimes you go in there and you get the quick finish. Sometimes it doesn’t happen.”

Both men earned an extra 50K for their efforts on Sunday night. Perhaps Luque can splurge a bit extra on his fiancee during their honeymoon to make up for his facial imperfections.

Luque went on to explain that he had a gameplan for Barberena. But as the Mike Tyson saying goes, everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face.

“I knew he was a tough guy,” Luque said. “Obviously when we’re in there, and we hit him with the best shot we have and the guy keeps moving, we don’t expect that, but I knew he was a tough guy and he was going to bring the fight,” he added.

“Once he knocked me down the first time, I said, ‘Hey, I’m going to fight this guy.’ I threw strategy out the window and said, I’m going to fight him,’ and give a show to everybody and show that I’ve got heart and that I’ve got what it takes to be one of the best over here in this division.”

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Cat Zingano Loses Appeal of UFC 232 Loss to Megan Anderson

More bad news has been handed down to “Alpha” Cat Zingano, as the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has upheld Megan Anderson’s victory over her from UFC 232 last December. Cat Zingano appealed the TKO loss due to Megan Anderson’s toe going d…

More bad news has been handed down to “Alpha” Cat Zingano, as the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has upheld Megan Anderson’s victory over her from UFC 232 last December. Cat Zingano appealed the TKO loss due to Megan Anderson’s toe going directly into her eye, a freak accident that Zingano equated to an eye […]

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UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas Asked To Fight Jessica Andrade In Hostile Territory

Women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will return to action at UFC 237 when she defends her title against Jessica Andrade in Brazil. Namajunas will make the trip to Curitiba, Brazil along with her longtime boyfriend, former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, on May 11, 2019. “I wanted to fight in Brazil,” Namajunas said on a recent […]

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Women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will return to action at UFC 237 when she defends her title against Jessica Andrade in Brazil.

Namajunas will make the trip to Curitiba, Brazil along with her longtime boyfriend, former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, on May 11, 2019.

“I wanted to fight in Brazil,” Namajunas said on a recent edition of “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show.” Barry briefly took over the interview to revealed Rose was offered to defend her title at the upcoming UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV). He claimed she asked to fight in Andrade’s home county instead.

“That’s just how I perform best. I think it’s a great opportunity,” she added.

“I never ever really wanted to fight out of the country. The last time I left the country I lived in Indonesia, the middle of third-world conditions, no running water, no electricity. Just really challenging months for me,” she added when recalling her time living overseas.”

“We built a house for 30 days, living in tents and stuff like that. It was a real difficult thing I went through but it was one of those experiences where you hate it and love it,” she added. “Fighting in Brazil is definitely, I’d love to fight in my own backyard, of course, but fighting is not about being comfortable.”

Namajunas last competed in April of 2018 when she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the second straight time. When she steps into the Octagon at UFC 237, the champion will be 13 months removed from her last title defense.

Couple that with the added pressure of the fight being in Brazil and “Thug Rose” has a serious challenge ahead of her in
Curitiba.

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Francis Ngannou Wants Title Shot Next; Not Miocic Rematch

Francis and Stipe Miocic are in agreement on two things: Stipe Miocic was the better man on the night of January 20, 2018 as over 16,000 fans witnessed from inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massaschussets; and that there should not be a rematch of that …

Francis and Stipe Miocic are in agreement on two things: Stipe Miocic was the better man on the night of January 20, 2018 as over 16,000 fans witnessed from inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massaschussets; and that there should not be a rematch of that bout…or, at least, not yet. Following Francis Ngannou’s TKO […]

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Vicente Luque Eyes Jorge Masvidal For Next Fight

Vicente Luque is coming fresh off the fight of his life from UFC Phoenix this past Saturday when he defeated Bryan Barberena via TKO. That makes four straight victories for Luque, andhe arrived at the number in dramatic fashion with the TKO coming with…

Vicente Luque is coming fresh off the fight of his life from UFC Phoenix this past Saturday when he defeated Bryan Barberena via TKO. That makes four straight victories for Luque, andhe arrived at the number in dramatic fashion with the TKO coming with only six seconds remaining in a bout where he was down […]

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UFC Light Heavyweight Accepts 10-Month USADA Suspension

UFC light heavyweight Jake Collier has received a 10-month United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension. The suspension occurred after Collier declared the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance, which he subsequently tested positive for. The substance Collier tested positive for was Higenamine, which was discovered in an out-of-competition drug test sample provided […]

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UFC light heavyweight Jake Collier has received a 10-month United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension.

The suspension occurred after Collier declared the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance, which he subsequently tested positive for. The substance Collier tested positive for was Higenamine, which was discovered in an out-of-competition drug test sample provided on December 27th. USADA released the following on the matter:

“Research indicates that Higenamine may act as a general stimulant and may be found in some pre-workout, energy, or weight-loss products. Even low-risk supplements may be riskier than they appear. As such, USADA reminds athletes to check supplement labels for Higenamine (also known as norcoclaurine) or Higenamine plant-based sources (Aconite, Annona squamosal, Nandina domestica, Tinospora crispa, and others).

“USADA determined that Collier was eligible for a reduction to the otherwise standard one-year period of ineligibility due to his cooperation throughout the results management process and forthright declaration of the supplement on his doping control form.”

The 30-year-old light heavyweight fighter released the following statement on Twitter:

“To my fans and supporters,

“I just wanted to touch base with you after the news has been announced of my sanction. First of all, I would NEVER purposely put any illegal substance in my body to gain a competitive edge. I’d rather lose than cheat.

“Returning from a surgery after an injury in my last fight, I went out to the local supplement store and purchased a pre-workout that was recommended by their staff that I have worked with previously.

“Unfortunately, there was a substance in the product that was listed on the label and on the USADA prohibited list that we were unaware of. For that simple mistake, I have accepted a 10-month suspension.

“During this process my wife and I have already taken action in learning the proper system to research produce names and ingredients. This has been quite a learning lesson and I take full responsibility for my mistake and apologize.

“Thank you to my team, my management @EmpireSM, Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with UFC for their continued support. I can’t wait to get back to work in the octagon.”

Collier’s last Octagon appearance resulted in a unanimous decision victory over Marcel Fortuna. That was in November of 2017. Collier has not competed since. His suspension runs until October 27th, at which point he’ll be eligible to return to action.

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