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With a name like Niko Price, you are either a hitman for a Colombian cartel in a Michael Mann movie or you’re an up-and-coming UFC fighter. At UFC Fight Night 119, Vicente Luque fought the latter (although taking on the former would’ve been totally cool, too).

Since washing out of a season of TUF, Luque has steadily amassed some wins in the Octagon, and though he was coming off a loss, he remains a pretty tough customer. Price has had three prior visits to the Octagon, and looked great each time, earning finishes with strikes and submissions.

They opened the fight in striking mode, with Price firing off jabs like he gets paid by the knuckle, and Luque determined to chop his legs off with kicks to the thighs. Both men have success, but in terms of impact, it’s a safe guess Luque takes the round.

That kicking and punching festival continues into the second, and when Luque ramps up his boxing, he soon finds enough opens to really ding Price up. Eventually, Price eats enough leather to go down, and the ensuing scramble has Luque catching him in a D’Arce. And that’s all she wrote.


Results: Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 4:08, R2