Vicente Luque wary of Randy Brown's threat: 'He may not be ranked, but he is dangerous'
Luque (18-7-1 MMA, 11-3 UFC) faces Brown on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, and while a matchup against the unranked Brown (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) may not be a step up in competition on paper, Luque still sees him as a serious threat.
Brown has won three of his last four and is coming off back-to-back finishes over Bryan Barberena and Warlley Alves. Like Luque, Brown is also a proven finisher and the Brazilian acknowledged that during his pre-fight chat with MMA Junkie.
“Randy Brown is a complete fighter,” Luque explained. “He’s dangerous. I’ve been getting ready. His main skill is boxing – his boxing is very sharp. He’s a tall guy who uses distance very well, he throws good straight punches and he also has an interesting wrestling game. He’ll sometimes push his opponents against the fence to score points and he can also deliver some dangerous ground-and-pound with his elbows. He may not be ranked, but he is dangerous. It’s a challenge for me – I like challenges. My focus is to put on a dominant performance and continue climbing up the rankings.”
After having his six-fight winning streak snapped at the hands of Stephen Thompson last November, Luque rebounded with a third-round stoppage win over Niko Price at UFC 249 in May.
Despite his impressive win, Luque says he still has plenty of room to grow.
“Which each fight I’ve been feeling a great evolution in my game,” Luque said. “I had a loss along the way, against Stephen Thompson. It was an important fight, as it revealed various holes in my game – things I needed to correct. It takes time to make corrections. Against Niko Price, more recently, I could still see some of those holes. I’ll keep on making improvements.
“In that fight, when I returned to my winning ways, I was able to put on a great performance. There was a lot of action. I landed several hard strikes that Niko was able to stand. So I kept going until I got the finish in the third round.
“I’ve always found ways to improve with each fight over the last five years in the UFC. I’m only 28 years old, I’m still young and I have a lot to learn in this sport. Now I feel I’m finally becoming a veteran, a fixture in the UFC. I have my own MMA style. I’m feeling great in this phase of my career.”