James Vick released from the UFC

James Vick
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - JULY 20: James Vick gets his hands wrapped backstage during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After fourteen fights inside the UFC octagon, lightweight James Vick has been released from the organisation.

Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports dropped the news this Thursday.

James Vick released from the UFC

Vick’s contract expired after a loss to Niko Price in October 2019, with the UFC making a decision not to renew it. The loss to Price was the final of a four-loss streak for “the Texecutioner”, three of which were by vicious knockout. Vick’s last win came against Francisco Trinaldo in February 2018, after back to back knockout victories against Joseph Duffy and Marco Polo Reyes. Despite maintaining a 62% finish rate throughout his career, Vick never captured the imagination of UFC fans and was generally unfavoured throughout his UFC tenure.

Vick has found himself on the wrong side of numerous highlight reels. Niko Price robbed him of consciousness with a brutal up-kick, whilst both Dan Hooker and Justin Gathje let their hands do the talking in their first-round knockouts. Unfortunately for Vick, in a division stacked with top quality fighters, losing so many bouts in such emphatic fashions at 33 years of age always meant that his time left in the organisation was limited. Based on technical ability Vick was certainly a UFC calibre athlete, but star power goes a long way in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

Holding a 13-5 record in MMA, Vick is reportedly talking to other promotions to make a return to MMA.

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