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Vicente Luque believes he will be ‘two or three wins away’ from UFC title shot after finishing Leon Edwards

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Vicente Luque is riding one of the longest winning streaks in the UFC welterweight division today, and he wants to add the fifth victory to his UFC record when he meets Leon Edwards at Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 107 in London.

Despite his failed run in the 21th season of The Ultimate Fighter and a decision loss in his UFC debut, Luque earned another shot in the Octagon in 2015 and scored the first of what would ultimately become four straight stoppage victories in the UFC.

However his opponent, Edwards, has an eight-second knockout win under his belt and enters the cage coming off an impressive submission victory over Albert Tumenov last October, and that’s why Luque doesn’t expect an easy night at UFC Fight Night 107.

"Tumenov is a tough, well-rounded guy, and Leon beat him in dominant fashion,” Luque told MMA Fighting. "He showed he’s not only a striker, but can also fight in other areas. And that’s what I trained for. He’s a complete fighter. Many people thought he was only a striker, but he showed he has some skills on the ground as well.”

Luque also has a diverse style. After earning a pair of submissions in his first UFC wins, the New Jersey-native knocked out Hector Urbina and Belal Muhammad in less than a two-month span. According to Luque, a win over Edwards will prove he has what it takes to get closer to the welterweight belt.

"I’m complete everywhere,” Luque said. "I’m not bothered to fight on the ground or to stand. I prefer to stand because that’s how the fight starts, but I’m comfortable on the ground as well. He’s a southpaw, and I train with a lot of southpaws so I like it.

"I can explore some things southpaws use to do, so it’s an interesting fight. It’s not an easy fight, and that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I want challenges to show I’m here to go after the belt.”

If he is successful in his attempt to win five UFC contests in a row, Luque hopes he will land within the welterweight top-15 in the UFC’s media-generated rankings next week.

"I’m getting good wins, important victories that are taking me where I want to be,” Luque said. "A win over Leon Edwards will definitely be impressive, and I expect to be in the top-15 after that. That’s what I want. I want to be in the mix because, once I’m in there, I’ll be two or three wins away from a title fight. That’s what I want."

With only one decision victory in his professional mixed martial arts career, Luque doesn’t think he will spend 15 minutes in the cage with Edwards.

"I don’t know how it will end, if a knockout or a submission,” Luque said, "but I don’t think this fight will last three rounds because we both go for the knockout, and I always look for openings if the fight goes to the ground. I don’t think it will last three rounds, but it will be an exciting fight. We will try to knock each other out."

"Fighting in front of people that maybe never have seen me fight before is something that motivates me,” he continued. "To win the crowd. Even though my opponent is from England, I want to fight in a way that entertains the audience, that they see what I can do."