This is James Vick's Chance
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This weekend, James Vick FINALLY has the chance to prove himself against an elite guy at 155 after a rather disappointing result against Beneil Dariush in 2016. "The Texecutioner" (an all-time good MMA name) is facing Justin Gaethje, and although he's on a two fight skid currently, he's a guy that will be around the top as long as he is in the organization.
James Vick has got to be one of the most underrated guys in the UFC. He only has 1 professional loss, that fight against Dariush in 2016, but in before and after that fight, he has racked up 9 wins and 5 finishes. He currently is on a 4 fight win streak that includes very tough guys like Joe Duffy and Francisco Trinaldo. He has shown he is more than his 1st round loss to Dariush, a fight in which both guys fought on short notice. He's versatile anywhere the fight goes, including a NASTY ground game that has led him to 3 submission finishes in the UFC.
As I said, I think he's underrated. I very much could look very stupid Saturday night if a similar thing happens to him as it did against Dariush, but it seems like Vick's fight IQ is pretty high, and also, Justin Gaethje has shown he is not a very versatile fighter, even with his collegiate wrestling experience. I think that, as I said in this week's podcast, if he stays out of the pocket with Gaethje, I see him winning this fight. If not, I will have a shameful appearance on the Untitled MMA podcast next week.
No matter what ends up happening, be sure to check this fight out! It is sure to have fireworks as both Vick and Gaethje have shown themselves to be Must-See-TV. It'll be available (in the US) on FS1 or Fox Sports Go, with the main card starting at 10:00 PM EST.
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