August 11, 2019, 8:59 am

Vicente Luque shatters Mike Perry's nose in split decision victory

Mike Perry suffered a ghastly broken nose in his split decision loss to Vicente Luque in their UFC on ESPN+ 14 bout.

Vicente Luque shatters Mike Perry's nose in split decision victory


Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 14 co-main psychological feature betwixt Vicente Luque (17-6-1 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Mike Perry (13-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) was a back and-forth affair. The high-action bout resulted in a high-energy crowd, who were apparently excited by the two 170-pounders' performances. 

The welterweight bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 14 co-main psychological feature at Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. The psychological feature streamed on ESPN+.

As Perry affected guardant and looked to land powerfulness shots from the first bell, Luque took a antithetic approach. The Henri Hooft recipient cragfast with a more technical, counter-heavy gameplan than "Platinum". Shots from Luque late in the circular open a gash on the left side of Perry's face.

At the first of the 3rd circular, both men had gotten their licks in and could have been either man's fight. A underhand winged knee from Luque caught Perry's nose and open up the inundation gates.

Later in the circular, the Brazilian-American grabbed a binding hold of Perry's neck and tested to squeeze a guillotine choke. The pressure accelerated the loss of blood from Perry's nose, which pooled all over the chest of Luque and the UFC canvas. As the blood continued to spray, Perry psychological feature ually slipped out of the choke with just seconds left in the circular.

After the final bell, the broadcast showed just how shattered Perry's nose was.

When the judges' scorecards were read, Luque was awarded the victory via split decision.


    Mike Perry's nose is absolutely WRECKED

    — ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 11, 2019

    "The game plan was pretty much what I did, but (to) not get hit as much as I did," Luque told Michael Bisping in the post-fight interview. "He's a tough guy. This is my first decision win in the UFC. And it couldn't be to a tougher guy like Perry. Props to him. He really came in here and brought it. But I was pretty confident at the end of the fight."

    As for what's next, Luque had an opponent in mind. In a respectful manner, Luque challenged former UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson to a bout later in the year - potentially in November or December.

    Man. Mike Perry’s nose after the fight with Vicente Luque.

    — Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) August 11, 2019

    "I've done four fights in less than 12 months now," Luque said. "I think I've proved my point. I'm ready to face anyone in the top 10. I know Wonderboy doesn't have a fight lined up right now. I'm up to it November (or) December, whenever he wants to I'm up to go there and throw down with him."

    With the win over Perry, Luque has now won six straight fights. Saturday's bout marked the first time Luque had won a judges' decision in his UFC tenure. The 27-year-old has only lost once since his UFC debut in July 2015.


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