UFC president Dana White confirmed the pairing to ESPN on Tuesday.
Additionally, White revealed that a previously announced
middleweight clash between Kelvin
Gastelum and Darren Till
will serve as the evening’s co-main event. UFC 244 takes place at
Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 2 and is headlined by a
welterweight tilt pitting Jorge
Masvidal against Nate Diaz.
A two-time welterweight title challenger, Thompson has won just
once in his last five outings. “Wonderboy” is coming off
back-to-back losses to Till and Anthony
Pettis. Thompson earned a title shot against then champion
Woodley by winning eight of his first nine promotional
appearances. He battled Woodley to a majority draw in their first
meeting at UFC 205 but lost a majority decision in the rematch at
Luque has established himself as a person of interest in the
welterweight division with a six-bout winning streak that includes
a hard-fought split verdict over Mike Perry
in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 156 in Uruguay. Prior
to that, Luque had vanquished his previous five foes via knockout,
technical knockout or submission.