Coming off of a shocking knockout loss to Anthony Pettis, Thompson had a lot to prove and a hungry fighter coming to take the number next to his name. Vicente Luque was one of the hottest names in the 170-pound division heading into UFC 244, with six straight wins including five by knockout or submission. Would Wonderboy be the signature win that Luque needed to vault himself to a title shot?
It wasn’t to be for Luque as he was systematically added to the list of fighters unable to solve Thompson’s puzzling striking style. The two-time title challenger outworked Luque for three rounds, winning a unanimous decision and earning a pair of 30-26 scores on the judges’ cards.