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Hey Welterweight Division, Vicente Luque Is Coming For You

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Vicente Luque grew up in nearby New Jersey, so fighting at UFC 205 Saturday night in Madison Square Garden was a dream for him.

And the 24-year-old made sure to leave his mark.

Luque kicked off the FOX Sports 1 prelims with a first round knockout of Belal Muhammad, earning his fourth consecutive victory since a loss to Michael Graves.

“I had two-and-a-half weeks notice and had to cut 30 pounds, but no matter what, I was going to make it,” he said. “I want to thank God for the opportunity to be here and to give me the strength.

“This is New York; I couldn’t say no.”

Luque (11-5-1) kicked off 2016 in July with a submission win over Alvaro Herrera and added a first round knockout of Hector Urbina in September. He also had a submission victory vs. Hayder Hassan to close out 2015.

“To fight here is really special,” he said. “I don’t have words to describe it.”