February 23, 1987|
Mineral Wells, Texas, United States
|Other names||The Texecutioner|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Temple Hills, Maryland, United States|
|Team||Team Lloyd Irvin|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
James William Vick (born February 23, 1987) is an American MMA fighter currently competing as a Lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Vick was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Live.As of August 29, 2018, he is #12 in the official UFC lightweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Vick began his professional career fighting in regional shows in his home state of Texas. His first four fights all came in 2011, where he went undefeated with four straight wins.
The Ultimate Fighter
For the first official fight of the show, he was chosen to fight Team Faber's third pick Daron Cruickshank. After a rough first part of the round, Vick landed a knee on Cruickshank as he shot in for a takedown, and won the fight by knockout in the first round.
His quarter-final fight came against Team Faber's Joe Proctor. Vick was able to dominate the fight, out-striking Proctor on the feet and successfully defending all of Proctor's take down attempts. Vick won the fight by unanimous decision, earning his way into the semi-final round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Vick was scheduled to face castmate Vinc Pichel on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale. However, due to his KO loss in the semifinals, Vick was unable to compete at the event and Pichel was pulled from the card as well.
Vick was expected to face promotional newcomer Valmir Lazaro on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176. However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Vick/Lazaro was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49. He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.
Vick faced Jake Matthews on May 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65. Vick won the fight via submission in the first round. The win also earned Vick his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Vick was expected to face Evan Dunham on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199, filling in for an injured Leonardo Santos. In turn, Dunham pulled out for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Beneil Dariush. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Vick was scheduled to face Johnny Case on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104. However On January 19, Case pulled out the fight citing injury and was replaced by Abel Trujillo. Vick won by submission via submission in the third round.
Vick was scheduled to face Paul Felder on July 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 133. However, Vick was pulled from that fight in favor of a main event bout with Justin Gaethje on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135. He lost the fight via KO in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||13 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||13–2||Justin Gaethje||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||August 25, 2018||1||1:27||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||13–1||Francisco Trinaldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros||February 18, 2018||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–1||Joseph Duffy||TKO (punches)||UFC 217||November 4, 2017||2||4:59||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||11–1||Polo Reyes||TKO (punches)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||1||2:39||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–1||Abel Trujillo||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||3||0:49||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Beneil Dariush||KO (punch)||UFC 199||June 4, 2016||1||4:16||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||9–0||Glaico França||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 197||April 23, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Jake Matthews||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt||May 10, 2015||1||4:53||Adelaide, Australia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Nick Hein||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson||November 22, 2014||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0||Valmir Lazaro||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos||August 23, 2014||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–0||Ramsey Nijem||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||0:58||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–0||Chris Pecero||Decision (unanimous)||Back Alley Promotions||September 3, 2011||3||5:00||Arlington, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Mike Salazar||TKO (punches)||STFC 16 - All or Nothing||August 12, 2011||1||2:17||McAllen, Texas, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||2–0||Jimmy Taylor||Submission (armbar)||Xtreme Knockout 11||July 23, 2011||1||1:56||Arlington, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Cody Carrillo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Undisputed MMA 1||June 18, 2011||1||3:30||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||3–1||Michael Chiesa||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Live||May 12, 2012 (Live airdate)||2||1:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Live Semi-Final round|
|Win||3–0||Joe Proctor||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Live||May 11, 2012 (Live airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Live Quarter-Final round|
|Win||2–0||Daron Cruickshank||KO (knee)||The Ultimate Fighter: Live||March 16, 2012 (Live airdate)||1||2:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Live Preliminary round|
|Win||1–0||Dakota Cochrane||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: Live||March 9, 2012 (Live airdate)||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Live Elimination round|
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