Vicente Luque is as seasoned as they arrive, but there was very little that could help him get ready for a teammate’s most latest battle.
Luque (18-7-1 MMA, 11-3 UFC) cornered good friend and teammate Gilbert Burns for first UFC championship battle in try to seize the welterweight title from a acquainted confront: friend and previous teammate Kamaru Usman.
It was an strange problem that dominated the headlines going into the UFC 258 major celebration in February.
“I was anxious for the reason that I had in no way observed two teammates combat in entrance of me,” Luque advised MMA Junkie. “I experienced hardly ever lived by way of that, especially two of my teammates fighting. That was a distinctive encounter and that was seriously anything I had hardly ever lived just before. I didn’t imagine anything could go wrong, but I was variety of like, ‘Man, this is definitely heading to take place.’”
Luque qualified with both of those Usman and Burns for several several years beneath the tutelage of Henri Hooft in South Florida. Usman took his coaching to Colorado with Trevor Wittman when the speak of a struggle with Burns strengthened. It was an amicable break up.
Despite the fact that it was a weird scenario, Luque didn’t feel 2 times about cornering Burns – but he did obvious the air initial with Usman.
“Me and Kamaru are absolutely friends, but at a distinctive level than me and Gilbert,” Luque stated. “I would say me and Gilbert are extra like brothers. We have often experienced collectively. We’ve constantly helped every single other for each solitary battle. In some cases he comes here to Brazil and trains with me at my crew and stays at my house. From time to time when I go to Sanford MMA, I stay at his home. Our people have a wonderful romantic relationship. We’re like bothers.
“Kamaru is a terrific buddy. We qualified a ton. We had been on ‘The Supreme Fighter’ alongside one another. We acquired a lot from just about every other and it was challenging to have this condition. I just felt I had to be there for Gilbert and I allow Kamaru know. I sent him a concept and I enable him know, ‘Hey, I’m heading to be serving to Gilbert out with this.’ But that wouldn’t transform, at the very least on my facet, my connection with Kamaru. If he wanted me for a further education camp in some other minute, I would be there for him and he is aware of my partnership with Gilbert. He is aware of that we’re normally there for each individual other. I really don’t feel he noticed it as a poor thing. It is just points that we’ve received to do. It’s enterprise in the combat video game, and at the close of the battle everybody was great with it. It’s just how it is and I have a excellent relationship with both of those guys.”
In spite of every person preserving the combat all small business, it was still a peculiar condition – particularly at the time the cage doorway locked.
“Once they both stepped in the cage and Bruce Buffer was asserting the battle, I was wanting at it and that is when I realized that combating is distinctive than other sporting activities,” Luque said. “In other sports, you have teammates that are heading to go towards every other, but in a competitive standpoint – it is unique when they’re not going to hurt each other. But in combating, which is what we’re going to do to each and every other, and to see two guys that have been teammates and pals also, simply because they nevertheless remains good friends … and fighters are different due to the fact we can place all that apart and however test to go in there and damage the other guy just for the competitiveness, to be the best guy in the environment.
“It was form of intensive for me, but it was fantastic for me simply because I was seeing what we ended up undertaking and why individuals actually look at us and admire us simply because we do something extremely several people today in the planet can do.”