UFC president Dana White stubbornness finally won the day on Saturday night as UFC 249 finally came to fruition.
To kick off the prelims for a show that almost guaranteed fireworks, we saw a brutal shootout between Vincent Luque and Niko Price.
The pair had met before back in 2017 with Luque getting the submission victory, but this time around a doctor was forced to intervened.
While the irony of that being the first stoppage of the night while the sport runs during a global pandemic is not lost, it was still a brutal left-hand from Luque that seriously damaged Price’s eye and the doctor’s call was absolutely the right one.
Take a look at the overhand left that sent Price down to the canvas in the third round of an all-out war:
Price had taken plenty of heavy shots prior to that final shot, but he was very much in the fight and had probably won the first round.
He took the defeat all in good stride, though, and was in good spirits despite the decision. He even took the time to tell Luque he was the greatest opponent of his career to date.
When the decision was being announced, Price gave the world a true look at the damage done. Yep, the UFC is back!
Of course, Luque is no joke. The 28-year-old gave Mike Perry a gruesome broken nose when they met last August so it’s clear he has some lightening in his fists.
With the likes of Donald Cerrone, Francis Ngannou and Justin Gaethje also on the UFC 249 card, there is no doubt that this isn’t the last knockout we will see tonight from the empty arena in Jacksonville, Florida.