Even supposing many see the UFC 265 matchup as a “striker vs. grappler” matchup, Chiesa (18-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) doesn’t deliver it’s that straightforward. At the perfect diploma, being properly rounded is a necessity. Despite where the fight goes, Chiesa will be cautious of Luque (20-7-1 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and his abilities.
“Each fight is a gargantuan opportunity,” Chiesa informed MMA Junkie at a pre-fight news conference Wednesday. “I’ve got a colossal no longer easy opponent in entrance of me. I do know a number of other folks are going to begin (formulating) questions about what comes next and who could presumably be next for Kamaru Usman. I touched on it prior to the fight being signed and early on in the camp: I’m no longer looking that a long way ahead. I’m no longer looking at who could be next or what could procedure after this fight. I’m moral exclusively serious about Vicente Luque. It would be a mistake for me to begin talking about what comes next because I if truth be told have a no longer easy-ass fight prior to me.”
As unpredictable as the fight is, Chiesa thinks it’s a safe bet he encounters adversity at some level. He’s watched and analyzed Luque for rather a whereas, and the tape has proven as mighty.
“I feel I’m in for a fight,” Luque acknowledged. “If it’s early of the two, colossal. That will well maybe be awesome. There’s no articulate in that ought to you’re combating a guy fancy Vicente Luque. He’s a guy, before I became ever at welterweight, I’ll never forget his knockout over (Hector) Urbina. (It is) one among my favorite knockouts ever in the UFC. Now, I’m fancy, ‘I’ve got to fight the guy who has one among my favorite knockouts in the UFC. Gigantic.’ To gather where I have to run in this sport and where my aims are, here is the guy that I’ve got to fight to gather there. Whether I trudge through the fire or here is comfortable sailing, I’m ready for no subject. Nonetheless I wait for a no longer easy fight.”
UFC 265 takes situation Saturday at Toyota Heart. The major card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-see after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Test out Chiesa’s stout UFC 265 pre-fight news conference in the video above.