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Vicente Luque vs. Chad Laprise UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18

Laprise vs. Luque

UFC: Saturday, May 19, 2018 (Movistar Arena)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Vicente Luque and Chad Laprise fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 129 at the Movistar Arena.

Vicente Luque enters this fight with a 12-6-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Luque has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a October win over Niko Price. Luque is averaging 3.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.4 percent. Luque is averaging 1.71 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Luque is coming off an impressive second round submission victory that also included 61 significant strikes. Luque has now finished each of his last five victories and has become quite an exciting fighter that usually makes quick work of his opponent. Luque has obvious knockout power with a reach of 75 inches, and he has a proven ground game and is highly successful with the D'Arce choke. Luque is starting to turn some heads during this winning stretch, and if he can start 2018 off with another victory, the 26-year-old should continue to be put on the big cards. This will be Luque’s first career fight in Chile. 

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Vicente Luque vs. Chad Laprise UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Laprise enters this fight with a 14-2 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by knockout. Laprise has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a December win over Galore Bofando. Laprise is averaging 4.87 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Laprise is averaging 1.13 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Laprise has now won each of his last three fights since his controversial loss to Ross Pearson and is back to showing that punching power with all three bouts being knockouts. Laprise is primarily a striker who lands 85 percent of his strikes standing up and has produced six knockouts throughout his career. Laprise has executed six takedowns under the UFC banner and can grapple when needed, but he’s at his best when he can put his power to good use. Standing up, Laprise should like his chances to win the fight. This will be Laprise’s third time fighting outside of Canada.

This is going to be an exciting fight given that both have the ability to end things standing up with striking power and usually throw a high volume of punches throughout each round. The difference for me is that Luque is the more balanced fighter who would have the advantage on the canvas and is sure to drag Laprise into deep waters. Execute a takedown or two and wear down Laprise, which also takes away that power. Seven of Laprise’s eight career knockouts have come in the first round. Luque also has a four inch reach advantage, which should be key if this ends up being a stand up fight.

I like the American here.

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