James Vick Rips Top Lightweights After Win At UFC Austin


UFC 217: Vick v Duffy

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The UFC once again took over the Lone Star State, this time down in Austin for UFC Fight Night with a main event with major implications.

Fort Worth’s James Vick has been calling out the top guys in the lightweight division. On Sunday, “The Texecutioner” had a chance to make a statement that he can back up his talk in the octagon.

The operation was a success. Vick, ranked No. 12 in the division, got the unanimous decision of No. 14 Francisco Trinaldo to improve his record to 9-1 in the UFC (13-1 overall in MMA). Vick has now won four straight fights.

However, it wasn’t easy. Vick dislocated his finger during the fight but was able to walk away with the win over a well-respected veteran in Trinaldo.

“I feel good,” Vick said after the fight. “Disappointed that I didn’t get a finish. He was tough. I didn’t underestimate the guy at all. He was a gritty veteran who won eight of his last nine fights and also has one of the best records in the organization. He’s just a tough dude.”

Vick aired his frustrations afterwards about not getting a top 10 fight in the division.

“Basically, the UFC is going to have to force these guys to fight me,” Vick said. “(UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby tells me on the phone that he’s trying as hard as he can to do his job. He tells me “These guys want no part of you.’ They wanted to make the (Michael) Chiesa fight because that would make the most sense. Kevin Lee has already turned down two fights with me. I have text messages from (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and Shawn Shelby on both of these.”

Vick wasn’t holding back on thoughts and feelings concerning Chiesa and Lee and explained how he has his sights set on the top of the division.

“They don’t want to mention my name. I don’t care. I’m done with these guys. They don’t want to sign the fight, I don’t care. They don’t have to fight me. I’m thinking Khabib. I’m thinking Tony Ferguson. I’m thinking McGregor. I’m thinking world title fights. I’m 9-1. I have the same record as Conor McGregor has in the UFC. To say that I’m not worthy to fight these dudes is a joke. I am worthy.”

It’s likely that Vick will get the opportunity sometime down the road this year. The only question that remains is when. However, the goal remains simple for Fort Worth native.

“My destiny is to become a world champion.”

In the main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone tied multiple UFC records in a Top 15 matchup with Yancy Medeiros. Cerrone is now tied for most UFC wins and most UFC knockouts after getting the TKO over Medeiros with just two seconds left in the first round. The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Cerrone.

Compete Results from UFC Fight Night in Austin

Main Card:

(11) Donald Cerrone defeats (15) Yancy Medeiros – TKO in first round

(7) Derrick Lewis defeats (9) Marcin Tybura – TKO in third round

(12) James Vick defeats (14) Francisco Trinaldo – decision

Curtis Millender defeats Thiago Alves – TKO in second round

Brandon Davis defeats Steven Peterson – decision

Sage Northcutt defeats Thibault Gouti – decision


Deigo Ferreira defeats Jared Gordon – TKO in first round

Geoff Neal defeats Brian Camozzi – submission in first round

Roberto Sanchez defeats Joby Sanchez – submission in first round

Lucie Pudilova defeats Sarah Moras – decision

Fight Pass Prelims:

Alex Morono defeats Joshua Burkman – submission in first round

Oskar Piechota defeats Tim Williams – TKO in first round

Attendance: 10,502

Gate: $794,350

Fight of the Night: Peterson vs. Davis

Performances of the Night: Derrick Lewis and Curtis Millender


Rangers Sign Edinson Volquez To Minor League Deal

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Edinson Volquez is back with the organization where he’s professional career began.

The Texas Rangers signed the 34-year old pitcher to a two-year minor league deal on Friday. However, there’s a catch. Volquez is currently in the process of rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery back in August. That means he will likely miss most of the year with the possibility of a return in 2019.

Volquez would earn a $2 million salary if he makes the roster next season and has another $4.5 million worth of incentives for that year on the contract.

So the question on the table- why sign a pitcher that may not step on the mound in Arlington and contribute in 2018?

One benefit that’s being looked at is how Volquez will now have a year to get familiar with the Rangers medical staff and rehab and training facilities. If he returns to full health and makes the roster next year, the Rangers have a veteran in the rotation with World Series experience.

Taking the mound for the Kansas City Royals in 2015, Volquez pitched Game 1 of the World Series and got a no-decision as the Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings. Volquez pitched the game unaware that his father had passed away before the game. His wife told the coaching staff not to tell him until after he was done for the night. After learning of the passing of his father, Volquez stepped on the mound at Citi Field in the series-deciding Game 5 and went six strong innings as the Royals won their first World Series title in 30 years.

Volquez will still get $13 million from the Miami Marlins as part of his two-year, $22 million contract he signed last offseason. Basically, Miami is still on the hook after releasing him last year.

The 34-year old was signed by the Rangers as an 18-year old amateur back in 2001 and was part of the “DVD” trio of pitching prospects with John Danks and Thomas Diamond. Volquez was later included in the package sent to the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 that brought Josh Hamilton to Arlington.

Volquez has a 93-87 career record while pitching in seven different organizations.  He made the 2008 All-Star Team with the Reds and threw his first career no-hitter last season while with the Marlins.

With this move, The Rangers now have 66 players in camp in Surprise, Arizona. Volquez joins pitchers Chi Chi Gonzalez, Joe Palumbo and Shawn Tolleson as players rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.