James “The Texecutioner” Vick is a lightweight fighter competing in the UFC. A stand out on the first Live season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, the proud Texan burst onto the scene of the UFC with five straight wins. With an impressive career record of 9 and 1, James is looking for a few break out fights that will allow him to bust into the top 10.
Recently we were able to catch up with James and discuss a variety of topics starting with if he felt that “The Ultimate Fighter was an effective tool for rookies and how it affected his career.
“Yes, The Ultimate Fighter changed my career drastically for the better. It was the first time I ever got to train full-time and I met my current head coach there.”
Was there anyone on the show that he would have liked to fight, but didn't get the chance to?
“No I didn't really have any problems with anyone and I would definitely prefer to fight other guys from the UFC than the former people that I was house mates with”
We then discussed his recent loss to late replacement Beniel Dariush. This is the lone loss of his otherwise perfect record. I asked if he felt he need to change anything in preparation of future fights?
“I don't really need to change anything. I am way less experienced than most of these guys when it comes to the amount of years training, so I just need to keep training hard and progressing as fast as I can”
Not scheduled to fight at the moment due to injury, James does however have a dream fight in mind:
“My dream fight is whoever has the belt I want to be a World champion more than anything else.”
So who is James Vick the man?
“James Vick is a small town Texas guy, who is living his dreams everyday and enjoying every minute of it. Oh and he's a Future World champion! My hobbies are lots of outdoor activities. Hunting, fishing, going to the lake,trails and anything outdoors.”
I asked James if he had any call outs or shout outs before we wrapped up:
“No call outs, my main goal is to get back in the win column. Shout outs to all my teams that I train with, my great coaches and my friends and family who love and support me. They all know who they are.”
Be on the look out for James Vick as he continues his ascension through the UFC lightweight ranks. Always an exciting fighter, “The Texecutioner” holds five career finishes and a UFC Performance Of The Night award. A fierce competitor possessing equally dangerous striking and submission skills, a few key victories could see the 29 year old really reach his potential at the top of the 155 pound division.
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