‘I Got My A** Beat’- Vicente Luque Details His Sparring Sessions With Kamaru Usman

Published 08/13/2021, 8:36 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Vicente Luque reacts after his victory over Tyron Woodley in their welterweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight prospect Vicente Luque recently appeared for an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The discussions ranged from a fight against Nate Diaz to sparring sessions with the reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.

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Luque is currently flying high after picking up back-to-back first-round wins. He first made quick work of former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, at UFC 260 via brabo choke. ‘The Silent Assassin’ then did the same to Michael ‘Maverick’ Chiesa, recently at UFC 265.

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He is making his way towards a title fight in a division full of contenders. While it would still take some time for him to challenge for the title, he at least knows what to expect when he squares up against Usman. The latter is presently the favorite in his rematch against Colby Covington, later this year.

‘The Silent Assassin’, who has had many sparring sessions with Usman, detailed how tough it is to face him even in training. “It’s hard to say how many times I trained with him, but I did train a lot, let’s say 40, 30 sparring rounds, at least, even more than that,” Luque said.

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“I can honestly say, most of the time I got my a** beat,” Luque added. “Just because he has always been really good in every discipline. I would say I’m a little bit better at striking but right now. You see he’s striking against the best. He knocked out Masvidal.”

Luque further added that even though he was behind, he was learning a lot from Usman in wrestling, grappling, and the scramble.

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Although Luque (21-7) accepted he got overshadowed by Usman, he can’t wait to show his improvements to the Nigerian. “I would say most of the time I got my a** wh**ped. But it’s part of learning and that’s really important for me to get to the level I’m at right now.”

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“I think it’s a different fight now, even if we trained now he would realize, yeah Vicente has grown a lot, he has really evolved and that’s why I feel ready to fight against him and really put him in danger and get that title.”

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after knocking out Sergio Moraes of Brasil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the PPG Paints Arena on September 16, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Luque certainly has to be patient to get a fight against Usman. Even though his last win pushed him to the top 5, he still has a certain Leon Edwards ahead of him in the title race. The welterweight division is certainly shaping up nicely as we move forward.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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