UFC 265 Main Card: Michael Chiesa vs Vicente Luque: Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/04/2021, 10:51 AM EDT


UFC 265 is all set to take place this weekend. There is a plethora of outstanding fighters like Derrick Lewis, Cyril Gane, and Jose Aldo competing at the event. However, many fans are most excited about the welterweight clash between Michael Chiesa and Vicente Luque.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 19: In this handout image provided by the UFC, Michael Chiesa poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 19, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As both fighters are ranked at No.5 and 6 in the UFC rankings, this fight is touted to be an interesting affair. Coming into the fight ‘Maverick’ is riding high on a 4 fight win streak. In his last UFC fight, Chiesa defeated Neil Magny via unanimous decision. Chiesa’s last UFC loss came almost 2 years ago, and the fighter has an incredible MMA record (18-4).

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‘The Silent Assassin’ has also been in dominant form and has won 9 out of his last 10 UFC fights. In his last fight, Luque defeated former champion, Tyron Woodley, via a 1st round submission. Luque also has a great MMA record of (20-7-1) and at 29 years of age is considered a potential future champion.

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This fight will be more interesting because of the UFC rankings of other fighters. Because as Chiesa and Aldo are ranked this high, a victory at UFC 265 might warrant a potential title shot for the winner.

Michael Chiesa vs Vicente Luque: Analysis

This fight will be one of the most interesting fights of the night, as it would be between fighters who have very distinct styles. Chiesa is a pure grappler, who prefers to get his opponents on the ground and do the damage. On the other hand, Luque is quite a capable grappler but still would prefer to have a striking match with Chiesa.

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Both the fighters are evenly managed; however, as ‘Maverick’ has faced more top-level fighters than Luque, he will have a slight advantage.

Final Prediction: Michael Chiesa defeats Vicente Luque via decision

Who do you think will win the fight between Chiesa and Luque? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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