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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Paul Felder Still Hospitalized With Collapsed Lung

It was recently revealed that Paul Felder suffered a collapsed lung in his fight with James Vick over the weekend (Sun. February 17, 2019). “The Irish Dragon” defeated Vick via unanimous decision in the UFC on ESPN 1 co-main event. Shortly after the show, Felder’s manager, Brian Butler, took to Instagram to provide an update. […]

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It was recently revealed that Paul Felder suffered a collapsed lung in his fight with James Vick over the weekend (Sun. February 17, 2019).

“The Irish Dragon” defeated Vick via unanimous decision in the UFC on ESPN 1 co-main event. Shortly after the show, Felder’s manager, Brian Butler, took to Instagram to provide an update. He revealed that Felder suffered a small collapsed lung, but nothing that should keep him out long-term.

We now have an update to pass along. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that the original hope was that Felder would be released from the Phoenix hospital today. However, it turns out they are keeping him in for more tests:

“Update on @felderpaul: original hope was that he’d be discharged from a Phoenix hospital today after suffering from a collapsed lung in his fight against James Vick, but according to his manager Brian Butler they are keeping him longer for more tests.”

This was Felder’s first victory since being defeated by Mike Perry at welterweight in July. Felder stepped in to fight “Platinum” on short-notice at 170 pounds. He was defeated via split decision, ending a three-fight win streak. Felder is hoping to have a big run at lightweight this year, hopefully getting his name in the mix for a title opportunity.

Felder is remaining upbeat about his current plight, however, tweeting his current status:

He’s even hoping that someone can deliver his some good food to his hospital room:

Let’s hope Felder is released with a clean bill of health soon.

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Luke Sanders Could Barely Walk Before UFC on ESPN 1 Victory

Luke Sanders just picked up one of the biggest victories of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Over the weekend (Sun. February 17, 2019) “Cool Hand” knocked out former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC Phoenix. Sanders was gett…

Luke Sanders just picked up one of the biggest victories of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Over the weekend (Sun. February 17, 2019) “Cool Hand” knocked out former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC Phoenix. Sanders was getting outclassed in the first round but followed his corner’s instructions to be more aggressive in […]

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Joe Rogan Reacts To Francis Ngannou’s Win Over Cain Velasquez (Video)

Joe Rogan wasn’t in the booth for UFC on ESPN 1, but he was certainly watching. Rogan is a longtime color commentator for the UFC, but he limits his appearances to pay-per-views. He doesn’t do all PPVs either as he’s usually off cards…

Joe Rogan wasn’t in the booth for UFC on ESPN 1, but he was certainly watching. Rogan is a longtime color commentator for the UFC, but he limits his appearances to pay-per-views. He doesn’t do all PPVs either as he’s usually off cards outside of the United States. For some events that he doesn’t call, […]

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UFC on ESPN 1 Scores 1.1 TV Rating Overnight

Overnight television ratings for the main card of UFC on ESPN 1 have been released and things are looking promising. While viewership numbers aren’t available at this time, UFC on ESPN 1 pulled off a 1.1 television rating overnight (via MMAFighti…

Overnight television ratings for the main card of UFC on ESPN 1 have been released and things are looking promising. While viewership numbers aren’t available at this time, UFC on ESPN 1 pulled off a 1.1 television rating overnight (via MMAFighting.com). This is the best rating the UFC has pulled off for a Fight Night […]

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UFC’s Major ESPN Debut Does Best Numbers Since 2016

The UFC made its debut event on ESPN’s main channel last night (Sun. February 17, 2019). UFC Phoenix was headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez. In the end, it was “The Predator” who emerged victorious with a first-round knockout win. It looks like the event did rather successfully in the […]

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The UFC made its debut event on ESPN’s main channel last night (Sun. February 17, 2019).

UFC Phoenix was headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez. In the end, it was “The Predator” who emerged victorious with a first-round knockout win. It looks like the event did rather successfully in the ratings department. ESPN PR shared some interesting factoids on Twitter.

ESPN on ESPN 1 was the highest-rated card on cable since January of 2016. Ratings were also up 83 percent compared to the Fight Night main card t the comparable time in 2018. Also, ESPN now holds the three highest-rated UFC telecasts on cable since January of 2017. ESPN credits Nielsen for the information.

The UFC now airing events on ESPN is certainly a huge step forward for the promotion and the sport.

It will be interesting to see how well cards continue to perform on ESPN’s platform moving forward.

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