VIDEO: Vicente Luque Gets a Shocking Submission Win After Nearly Losing the Fight Against Michael Chiesa at UFC 265

Published 08/08/2021, 12:03 AM EDT


UFC welterweight Vicente Luque submitted Michael Chiesa with a tight D’arce choke in the very first round of their contest. The fight was hectic right from the get-go and the grappling exchanges between both men was as exciting as ever. Chiesa went from having the upper hand to quickly suffering his first loss in the welterweight division.

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The Jiu-Jitsu brown belt in Luque locked up a lethal D’arce choke and extend his finish rate to the upper limits of 90%. The D’arce choke is his go-to submission move and he secured his third successful finish with that move. Furthermore, submitting ‘The Maverick’ is no mean task as Chiesa is an extremely seasoned grappler.

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Vicente Luque looked incredibly crisp on the feet and it was clear he had a good gauge of distance on his opponent. After tagging Michael Chiesa, the former TUF winner secured a clutch takedown and extended his massive frame. Chiesa is well-sized for the weight class and he’s someone who is an assassin on the ground.

Chiesa quickly attempted an RNC-to-Armbar transition and it seemed like Vicente Luque was on the verge of being finished. However, Luque is no slouch on the canvas and he quickly was able to get himself out of trouble. In fact, it was in his escape attempt that he found the opportunity to reverse position and eventually secure a submission.

Luque’s D’arce submission game is no joke and he’s looking like a legitimate threat to be a title challenger. Following his win, he called out Kamaru Usman for a title fight. However, it’s very unlikely he’ll secure the match-up anytime soon given the divisional landscape.

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Vicente Luque needs one more emphatic win to push past his competition and then he’s on the doorsteps of a title shot. Beating Michael Chiesa proved that his run at welterweight is no fluke and that he can be a potential titleholder.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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