A welterweight clash pitting Tyron Woodley against Vicente Luque has nearly been finalized for UFC 260.
Promotion broadcast partner ESPN was first to report the booking on Sunday. The bout has not been formally announced by the UFC because contracts have not been signed. UFC 260 takes place on March 27 and is headlined by a heavyweight title tilt between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. A location for the card has not been announced.
A former welterweight champion, Woodley heads into the matchup with Luque looking to snap a three-bout losing streak. “The Chosen One” relinquished his crown in a lopsided five-round decision loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 and wasn’t especially competitive in subsequent five-round defeats against top 170-pound contenders Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington in his two 2020 appearances. Prior to that, Woodley successfully defended his belt four times after knocking out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 to become champion.
Luque, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back finishes of Niko Price and Randy Brown last year. The 29-year-old Brazilian has been victorious in eight of his last nine Octagon appearances, with a decision defeat to Stephen Thompson at UFC 244 his only setback during that time. Luque has finished 11 of his promotional triumphs by knockout, technical knockout or submission.