Neal’s (15-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) hanging was crisp from the opening bell and he battered Luque (21-9-1 MMA, 14-5 UFC) with pace and energy till he secured the third-round knockout win within the welterweight bout, which served because the co-main occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
“I’ve been trying ahead to struggle somebody like Luque,” Neal stated in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “I had no selection however to struggle, and he introduced the struggle out of me.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 7, 2022
Neal got here out of the gate trying very sharp. He staggered Luque throughout the first two minutes and continued to choose his photographs from there. He busted open Luque’s nostril with fast palms, backing the Brazilian up on a number of events, and scoring an enormous knockdown with roughly one minute left. Luque acquired up and stored pushing, however Neal poured it on for the rest of the spherical.
Luque appeared to regain a few of his composure between rounds, as a result of within the second, he got here out trying extra assured in his motion and hanging. Neal waited for his second, although, and acquired a short journey to the mat that confirmed his variety. They moved again into the hanging, and each males pressed ahead and landed good photographs down the stretch of a aggressive second body.
Within the ultimate spherical, Neal went again to his opening spherical look as he pressured and damage Luque. He staggered his opponent with a multi-strike mixture highlighted by a pair of vicious uppercuts, then Neal landed one ultimate shot that faceplanted Luque in what was his first profession knockout loss.
After the win, Neal known as out Gilbert Burns, who is an efficient good friend and teammate of Luque at Kill Cliff FC, and responded (by way of Twitter):
“I’ve been Gilbert Burns,” Neal stated. “I would like him subsequent.”
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) August 7, 2022
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