Vicente Luque analyzes the duel against Nick Diaz and expresses anxiety about putting on a show in Abu Dhabi

Brazilian prepares for five-round clash and recognizes his rival's different style; fight takes place on August 3

Vincent Luque (left) stares Nick Diaz (right) on August 3rd. Photograph; Reproduction/Montage SUPER FIGHTS

Scheduled for the penultimate fight on the card scheduled for Abu Dhabi, Vincent Luque prepares to face former challenger for the welterweight title (up to 77,1kg.) Nick Diaz on August 3rd. A UFC veteran, the Brazilian recalled duels that may have helped in some way in his strategic and mental preparation to face a big challenge in the United Arab Emirates.

“I think he’s a big name. I fought Woodley, I fought Rafael dos Anjos, and these guys were great champions. They have big names, but I feel like the energy Nick brings is different. I think it's a little different, and I don't know if I would mix the experience I have fighting Woodley and RDA with the fight I had with Barberena. It's kind of like, you know, throw all this into a blender and you come out with something like Nick, a big guy, a legend, but he's going to stand there in front of you and try to pressure you," Luque said to InsideFighting.

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As he continued his speech, the fighter stated that he was eager to star in a fight that would last up to five rounds.

“It will be five rounds, it will not be three rounds. So it will be cool. I mean, if he can take what I'm going to bring, and I think he can and I can take what he's going to bring, then let's put on a show for everyone,” he concluded.

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N. Diaz (photo) faced G. St. Pierre in 2013. Photo: Reproduction/UFC

Heading into a crucial duel in the welterweight division, Luque is looking to return to his winning ways after being knocked out in his last appearance. The Brazilian currently occupies 13th place in the rankings and is seen as a big favorite for the duel.

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