A pivotal Welterweight showdown is coming to Rochester, N.Y., as Vicente Luque has been booked to co-headline UFC Fight Night 151 on May 18 from inside Blue Cross Arena against Neil Magny.
Luque has been on quite a roll as of late, winning his last four fights inside the Octagon — all finishes — and most recently dismantled Bryan Barberena in a “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning performance at UFC on ESPN 1 earlier this year.
Barely hanging on to a top 15 ranking, Vicente looks to add on to his win streak by taking out one of the toughest and most-seasoned veterans in the division. Magny, meanwhile, is coming off a knockout loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio, which went down last November at UFC Fight Night 140.
Fighting inside the Octagon since 2013, Magny — who was pegged to face Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos previously — hasn’t quite enjoyed the consistent success inside the Octagon that he did early on. That said, he is still as dangerous as ever and can string together consecutive wins in a hurry. An impressive win over the streaking Luque could be what he needs to get him going again.
UFC Fight Night 151 is set to be headlining by another intriguing 170-pound matchup as Rafael dos Anjos — loser of two straight — will welcome former Lightweight title contender Kevin Lee to to the division.