James Vick
The Texecutioner


Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2020
Dealing with knee injury
October 16, 2019
Vick released a statement Monday via his personal Instagram account indicating that he busted his lip and "probably" tore the MCL in his right knee during his knockout loss to Niko Price at UFC Tampa over the weekend.
Vick was motionless for several moments and briefly lost consciousness after he took Price's heel to the face, allowing the latter to claim a first-round win. Fortunately, Vick escaped the fight with what he called "minimum damage," noting that the CT scan he underwent afterward returned negative. He was still handed an indefinite medical suspension from the UFC and isn't expected to return to the Octagon until 2020.
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Suffers another KO loss
October 12, 2019
Vick lost to Niko Price via KO (Upkick) at 1:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
Vick said before the event that a loss on Saturday would likely spell the end of his time with the company, and if that's indeed the case -- and it probably is -- he went out with a bang. Vick was in the title conversation as recently as August of last year, and he has since lost four fights in a row, three via knockout. Simply put, Vick's chin has evaporated. He can't take a shot anymore and this one was no different. Price, from flat on his back, clocked Vick with an upkick that knocked him out cold. Vick is still just 32 years old and you can't help but feel bad for a guy who saw it all fall apart in what seems like an instant.
Making welterweight debut in Tampa
August 28, 2019
Vick (13-4-0) is scheduled to face Niko Price (13-3-0, 1 NC) in a welterweight fight Oct. 12 at UFC Tampa, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Vick will make the move up to the 170-pound division in pursuit of a change in fortunes after three consecutive losses in the lightweight ranks. "The Texecutioner" was really only competitive in one of those fights, losing via knockout in August 2018 to Justin Gaethje and most recently taking a first-round knockout loss to Dan Hooker at UFC San Antonio in July.
Move to welterweight on horizon
July 24, 2019
Vick disclosed via his personal Twitter account that he intends to move up to welterweight for his next fight.
This was a move that fans and journalists have speculated for a long time, as Vick is one of the larger fighters on the lightweight roster at 6-3 with a sizable frame to go with it. He's historically had troubles with weight cuts being particularly difficult, even though he's managed to make the 156-pound limit for each of his last three fights (all losses) and beyond. Now tasked with reinventing himself, Vick will finally be able to enter the cage closer to his walking-around weight, but whether his power translates to the next level remains to be seen. The bigger issue of late has been his chin after getting knocked out in two of his last three bouts, and moving up to a class 15 pounds heavier does little to alleviate that concern.
Suffers first-round KO
July 20, 2019
Vick lost to Dan Hooker via KO (punches) at 2:33 of Round 1 at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Questions about Vick's chin lingered a bit leading up to this fight, and they just may have been answered. He looked good early and threatened with his strikes, but right around the midway point, Hooker began the fight-ending sequence. Hooker faked with his right hand and Vick fell for the trap, getting knocked down with the left hand immediately afterwards. Hooker pounced with some heavy ground-and-pound, and it was all over from there. Vick is now at a point where he needs to go back to the drawing board after three consecutive losses. A move up to welterweight has been rumored in the past, but that may not be the best career decision after being unable to handle the power of a few elite 155-pounders. It also wouldn't be surprising to see him take some time off.
Added to UFC San Antonio
June 3, 2019
Vick (13-3) will face Dan Hooker in a lightweight bout at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
After winning nine of his first 10 fights under the UFC banner, Vick has dropped each of his last two. He'll look to get back in the win column against Hooker, who is coming off a third-round KO loss to Edson Barboza in December. As is typical in Vick fights, he'll enter with a sizable height advantage, though his last two opponents were able to overcome that and find their way inside. Both men average more than 4.0 significant strikes landed per minute and don't incorporate much wrestling, so look for this one to stay primarily on the feet.