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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

Prelims:

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

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UFC Returns To Texas For UFC Fight Night Austin

UFC 217: Vick v Duffy

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UFC is returning to the Lone Star State. This time the landing spot is Austin.

After holding UFC 211 in Dallas last year, the spotlight now turns to UFC Fight Night Austin on February 18 at the Frank Erwin Center.

The main event this weekend will feature a welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros. Cowboy Cerrone is 32-10 and currently ranked No. 11 in the welterweight division.  He’s hoping to jump back into the title picture after losing to Darren Till last October. Medeiros is going into the fight at 15-4 and No. 15 in the rankings. He won his last fight at UFC 218, defeating Alex Oliveira with a third round knockout.

The card will also feature a little Texas Connects Us flavor. Fort Worth’s James Vick will have a chance to make an even stronger case for a shot at the lightweight title as he takes on Francisco Trinaldo. Vick is 12-1 and ranked No. 12 in the lightweight division. Trinaldo is right behind him at No. 14.

Vick began his professional MMA career fighting in regional shows in Texas. Soon afterwards, “The Texecutioner” won a spot on the roster for the first live season of The Ultimate Fighter. He’s been fighting in the UFC since 2012 and has won eight of his last nine fights, including a TKO win over Polo Reyes at UFC 211 in Dallas.

‘That was the greatest fight of my life and the greatest moment of my life,” Vick said about his victory at UFC 221. “I’ve trained in five or six different gyms in the Dallas Fort Work area and I have so many friends and teammates here and so many of them were there watching. It was a special moment I’ll never forget.”

Despite the climb up the lightweight charts, he’s yet to grab a fight against the top guys in the division, which has led to some frustrations.

“It gets a little frustrating, me performing the way I’m supposed to and doing everything I need to but I can’t get the top guys to agree to fight me,” Vick said.  “It gets kind of annoying.”

In the preliminary bouts, middleweight Geoff Neal will take on welterweight Brian Camozzi. The 27-year old Neal, nicknamed “Handz of Steel”, was born in Austin but currently trains in Dallas.

In the UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims, Dallas bantamweight Steven Peterson will face featherweight Brandon Davis. Peterson goes into the fight with a 16-5 record.

Other major fights on the main event card include a heavyweight matchup between No. 6 Derrick Lewis and No. 8 Marcin Tybura, plus Houston’s Sage Northcutt will face Thibault Gouti in a lightweight division battle.

In the women’s strawweight division, Houston’s Jessica Aguilar will take on Livinha Souza.  Aguilar’s last fight was at UFC 211 where she lost to Cortney Casey by unanimous decision.

Doors open at the Frank Erwin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Prelims will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the main event card starting up at 8 p.m.