Outlook: “The Silent Assassin” registered “contender” in his name with a second consecutive first round submission against Michael Chiesa at UFC 265. The win was his 10th in his last 11 fights. Thoroughly, Luque is one of the more entertaining fighters on the list. He needed judges in just one of his 14 UFC wins, and he’s incredibly durable. Luque has never finished in the Octagon, and his combination of technical acuteness on the feet and the mat makes him a definite problem for anyone in the Top 5. He might need one more win to have a hit. legitimate campaign for a title shot, but other than Burns his options are wide open. His two losses are against Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson, and a rematch against either is of great interest. He teased a clash with Nate Diaz, which everyone would happily watch. Either way, Luque’s time has arrived and it looks like he’s on the verge of reaching his ultimate goal.
5) Stephen Thompson
(xx, x KO, x submissions)
Last fight: unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Burns (7/11/2021)
Next fight: against Belal Muhammad (12/18/2021)