Niko Price
The Hybrid


Stunning knockout of James Vick
October 12, 2019
Price defeated James Vick via KO (Upkick) at 1:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
Price is a tough-as-nails brawler and Vick's chin is non existent so this set up as a good match up for the native Floridan and he put in a show in front of his people. The strike that finished the fight was a shocking upkick that clocked Vick right in the jaw and knocked him out cold. It's extremely rare to see a professional MMA fighter stopped with an upkick, but Price has legitimate power and Vick can't get out of his own way at the moment. Price has now alternated wins and losses in his last five bouts dating back to July 2018.
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Set to fight Vick at UFC Tampa
August 28, 2019
Price (13-3-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face James Vick (13-4-0) in a welterweight fight Oct. 12 at UFC Tampa, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
A native Floridian, Price will hope that a return to his home state may help him get back on track after he turned in a competitive effort in his most recent bout July 27 versus Geoff Neal at UFC 240 in Edmonton before bowing out in the second round via TKO. The 29-year-old will have more experience fighting at 170 pounds working in his favor in Tampa, as Vick is moving up from the lightweight division following three consecutive losses.
Tests opponent before succumbing
July 27, 2019
Price lost to Geoff Neal via TKO (punches) at 2:39 of Round 2 at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Price did what he could to close the speed and technical gap on the feet by bringing the brawl to his opponent, but Neal was able to keep his composure and get takedowns from the clinch. In somewhat of a surprising development, Price was easily out-grappled by Neal before the finishing shots came from inside the guard. Price is a fun fighter who always brings action to the cage and while he may not be the most skilled fighter in the organization, his heart and willingness to slug it out has a tendency to surprise opponents he may otherwise be at a disadvantage against. He moves to 13-3 (1NC) in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Scheduled for UFC 240
June 26, 2019
Price is scheduled to fight Geoff Neal in a welterweight matchup at UFC 240 on July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
Price is coming off an impressive knockout victory over veteran Tim Means, and now has five wins in eight opportunities with the company. He'll take on a promising newcomer in Neal, who has won his first three fights in UFC. Price enters with a one-inch advantage in both height and reach, and he's also been more effective with the takedown over his UFC tenure. It's a small sample size for Neal, but on paper, Neal has far superior striking numbers, landing at more than double the mark of Price while sporting better striking defense as well.
Stuns Tim Means with highlight reel KO
March 9, 2019
Price defeated Tim Means via KO (punch) at 4:50 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
Never one to engage in a snooze fest, Price once again finds himself in the mix for a post-fight bonus. If his knockout of Means doesn't earn him an extra $50,000, an investigation needs to be opened. While the finish was brilliant, Price struggled to make it that far. His striking defense remains woefully inadequate and the 29-year-old Floridian struggles in anything other than an all-out brawl. His ultra-aggressive style will result in both a fair share highlight reel wins and a fair share of losses. Price seems likely to get picked apart if he faces better competition. You simply cannot compete against the best fighters in the world if you completely ignore your defensive game. He came out on top on Saturday. Every single one of Price's first nine UFC bouts (6-2, 1NC) have ended via stoppage.
Doesn't last long against Abdul Razak Alhassan at UFC 228
September 8, 2018
Price lost to Abdul Razak Alhassan via knockout (punches) at 0:43 of Round 1 at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
Price decided to engage Alhassan is a straight striking contest. This did not work out for him. Alhassan came out and threw bombs from the start. Price did not stay in the fight long until Alhassan connected with a huge shot and put him out. Price had won back-to-back fights before this fight. However, now he will need to go back to the drawing board and perhaps change his strategy.