James Vick has broken his silence following a devastating knockout loss to Niko Price at UFC on ESPN+ 19.
Vick (13-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss on Saturday when he became just the second fighter in UFC history to take a knockout stemming from an upkick, which Price (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) perfectly executed in the second round of the welterweight bout at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
The fight was supposed to represent a fresh start for Vick, who went from surging up the lightweight rankings to being on a skid and changing weight classes. The tough times continued, though, and two days after the loss Vick finally commented on what happened (via <a href=”
Been a couple of days reflecting on everything. I remember a few yrs ago after I had my first loss in the UFC my brother @lockloadedmma sent me this. It is definitely meaning alot to me right now. During this camp I focused so hard on fixing some of the technical issues I have had in the past. Especially keeping my hands up. And I feel I have made significant progress in those areas. Then I go out and get caught with a up kick such a low percentage move and super embarrassing to get hit with that. Props to my opponent @hybridufc for being able to land that type of move in high level fight. Much respect to you. To the people who support me thank you so much and the ones that don’t I don’t really care. I am going to continue to be me. I am Texas born and raised. A lifelong hunter and outdoorsman so I will continue to hunt and fish and post pictures of this kind of stuff so if this is something you hate then please just unfollow me. I am home now with minimum damage. My CT scan was negative. My lip is busted up and probably have a MCL torn in my right knee from landing on it weirdly. I am at home with my son and family and am at peace at the moment looking forward to the holidays with them. What the future holds only God knows but I have to much to be thankful for and a son that looks up to me to be negative and allow this stuff to keep me down. Thanks to all and God bless.
Vick told MMA Junkie prior to UFC on ESPN+ 19 that he felt another loss would spell the end of his UFC tenure. It remains to be seen whether the promotion will choose to keep him around, but given the details provided in his update as far as his lip and knee injuries, it’s likely his next fight won’t come in the near future, anyway.
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