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
Usman at UFC 235 and wasn’t especially competitive in
subsequent five-round defeats against top 170-pound contenders
Burns and Colby
Covington in his two 2020 appearances. Prior to that, Woodley
successfully defended his belt four times after knocking out
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
Thompson at UFC 244 his only setback during that time. Luque
has finished 11 of his promotional triumphs by knockout, technical
knockout or submission.