James Vick finally gets Austin booking, meets Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 126

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It won’t come against an opponent as highly ranked as he wanted, but James Vick will get his home-game opportunity at UFC Fight Night 126.

Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will meet fellow lightweight Francisco Trinaldo (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at the February event, the UFC announced. Also set for the card is another 155-pound clash between the returning Diego Ferreira (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Jared Gordon (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 126 takes place Feb. 18 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Following his knockout of Joseph Duffy at UFC 217 in November, Vick called for a matchup against a big name or former champion of the weight class for a main-event showdown in his home state. He targeted nearly everyone but couldn’t get a willing dance partner. “The Texecutioner” has won his past three fights and has just one blemish on his professional career, a first-round knockout loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 199.

Trinaldo also has been thriving of late. The 39-year-old Brazilian has won eight of his past nine UFC fights, only falling short to interim lightweight title competitor Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night 106 last March during the past four years.

Ferreira returns to action for the first time since January 2016 after receiving a 17-month suspension stemming from an anti-doping violation. He meets Gordon, who’s had a quick start to his UFC tenure with wins over Hacran Dias and Michel Quinones.

The UFC Fight Night 126 card now includes:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti
  • Tonya Evinger vs. Marion Reneau
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Geoff Neal
  • Jessica Aguilar vs. Livia Renata Souza
  • Joby Sanchez vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Sarah Moras vs. Lucie Pudilova
  • Francisco Trinaldo vs. James Vick
  • Diego Ferreira vs. Jared Gordon

For more on UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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James Vick sounds off on UFC-Austin headliner snub, getting turned down by ranked peers


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That James Vick isn’t exactly happy at the moment we knew already.

That much Vick made clear right after the “BS” main event for the UFC’s next trip to Austin, Texas, was made official. On Twitter, the angered lightweight explained that he’d offered to take the spot against Donald Cerrone in his home state, even if it involved moving up to 170 pounds. But the promotion went with Yancy Medeiros instead for UFC Fight Nnight 126.

Vick had had some time to cool off before speaking to MMAjunkie Radio earlier this week. But, as it turns out, he wasn’t any less peeved. We recommend you take the time to listen to his fired-up rant to get the full picture, but here’s a summary.

Texas’ own Vick said he started asking to headline UFC Fight Night 126 after his last octagon outing – a knockout win over Joe Duffy at UFC 217 on Nov. 4. Then, a month ago, he heard Cerrone say he was considering going back down to lightweight. So out went a text to UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby.

“I said, ‘I’ll fight him,’” Vick told MMAjunkie Radio. “Then I get a text back from Sean saying, ‘Well I’m not sure where you heard that from, but we’re negotiating a deal for him at 170.’”

Cut to last week, when Vick says he heard from Shelby that he was doing his best to find an opponent but that, apparently, “None of these guys want no part of me.” When Vick asked whether the main-event slot would be his, he said he was told another headliner was already in the works.

Up until that point, though, Vick thought fellow Texan Derrick Lewis would be the one to to take the spot. Which, he added, he wouldn’t have a problem with. Cerrone’s name, though, wasn’t mentioned.

“(Shelby) knew that if I knew it was Donald Cerrone, that I would have begged for that fight,” Vick said.

Then a few days ago, Vick was tagged in a post in which Cerrone said a tentative opponent was unable to make a fight with him. Vick, then weighing 190 pounds, said he reached out to Shelby that day to accept the fight at either division (via Instagram):

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“The next thing I know, a couple of days later, all of a sudden that fight gets announced,” Vick said. “Which means either two things: Either the UFC doesn’t want Cerrone to take another loss, and they didn’t even offer him to fight me. Or he didn’t really want to fight me.”

Here’s the thing: Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) actually wants to fight a higher-ranked lightweight opponent to further advance his career. A welterweight meeting with Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), who’s lost his past three fights, wouldn’t exactly qualify.

But considering the contenders of his division don’t seem willing to say yes, Vick figured a big name with no ranking would be better than someone who doesn’t have either.

“I’m not a 2-2 guy asking to fight a top contender,” Vick said. “I’m a (expletive) 8-1 guy asking to fight a top contender. But the UFC can’t put a gun to these people’s heads and make them fight me, so I was going for the next best option. And I just wanted to be the main event in my home state.”

Vick does have a bit of a point there.

Currently riding a three-fight winning streak, all finishes, he hasn’t lost since Beneil Dariush tainted his then-unblemished record in June 2016. Still, Vick only recently has made an appearance in the UFC’s official rankings – where he now sits at No. 15.

All things considered, Vick thinks he’s earned the right to want more – whether it’s better card placement, publicity or even post-fight bonuses. But that involves getting a bigger window and, of course, competition that helps him move closer to the belt.

Vick said he was basically promised by Shelby last week that he would be on the main card in Austin. Whether that’s a co-headliner, though, would depend on the opponent. While he won’t fault the matchmaker for not being able to force others into fighting him, he does think some of it is within the UFC’s control.

“It is his and the UFC’s fault if I’m not getting top positions on the card,” Vick said. “Well, congratulations, I’m on the (expletive) main card of a (UFC Fight Night event). With the record I have, what – I’m supposed to thank him for that?”

With the headliner opposite Cerrone off the table, Vick is now trying to figure out a way to meet a higher-ranked opponent. And judging by the feedback he said he got from Shelby, that’s proving to be tricky.

Al Iaquinta, in theory, would fit the profile of opponent he is looking for – but the two, who were both on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” are still friends and would rather avoid fighting each other unless it’s for a big opportunity such as a crack at the top five.

There’s Michael Chiesa, whom Vick lost to on “The Ultimate Fighter 15” and, according to him, is a matchup that the UFC was also interested in.

“I’ve been trolling this guy on Twitter; he wants no part of me,” Vick said. “I’ve been begging to fight this guy for five-and-a-half years. He wants no part of me.”

What about Kevin Lee, who’s just coming off an interim title-bout loss to Tony Ferguson? Vick would love it but said he was told by Shelby that Lee probably wouldn’t accept. And then there’s Evan Dunham, fresh off a win over Dariush, whom Vick said has already opted to sit it out when the matchup was offered in August.

Vick also likes the ring of Paul Felder’s name but thinks that the matchup would run into Felder’s smart manager. Which leaves Vick with the last guy to beat Felder: the ever-reliable Francisco Trinaldo.

Trinaldo, who once put together a seven-fight streak in the octagon, has recently recovered from a loss to Lee with a unanimous-decision win over Jim Miller. Unless an even higher-ranked opponent comes along, then that one sits just fine with Vick.

“So right now I’m looking at fighting Trinaldo,” Vick said. “Which isn’t a step down for me. At least he’s ranked one above me. I told Sean, ‘If that’s what you’ve got, I’ll take it.’ So we’ll see if that’s what happens.”

To hear more from Vick, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2589 with UFC lightweight James Vick

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest James Vick.

Vick, who is trying to get booked for UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin in his home state of Texas, called into the program to share his recent struggles with fighters and matchmakers.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC's James Vick, James Krause

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests James Vick and James Krause.

Vick is hoping to get on the card at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin in his home state of Texas. He recently sounded off about the announced main event between Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros. Krause is in Las Vegas to corner Tim Elliott on Saturday at UFC 219 and has his own fight coming up against Alex White at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

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James Vick isn't the main event at UFC-Austin, and his response was what you'd expect

At UFC Fight Night 126, the main event will be Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros at welterweight.

The bout was announced Tuesday for the card, which takes place Feb. 18 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC lightweight James Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is from three hours away and had been lobbying to not only get on the card in Austin, but to be the main event. He even offered to fight Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) before Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) got the call, instead.

So how did Vick respond?

“This is BS,” Vick wrote on Twitter. “I offered to fight @Cowboycerrone at 170 no problem and they won’t even give me the fight and let me headline in my home state.”

Vick added an emoji of a middle finger, just in case his point wasn’t fully understood.

When some fans told Vick to cool his jets since he fights at lightweight and the Cerrone-Medeiros fight will be at 170 pounds, Vick reminded them that he offered to fight Cerrone at welterweight. And to add to it, prior to the booking against Medeiros, Cerrone had said his plan was to return to lightweight rather than stay at 170, where he has lost three straight – the first losing skid of his career.

Cerrone and Medeiros both are former lightweights. And as Vick pointed out, both have more career fights at 155 pounds than he does. So why, he’s wondering, isn’t he headlining the card in his home state of Texas?

Vick may eventually wind up on the card. After all, he wanted bouts at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston and UFC 211 in Dallas earlier this year and got both to start his current three-fight winning streak of stoppages.

But at 8-1 in the UFC’s lightweight division, he’s long been asking why he doesn’t get more respect, and the apparent snub for the UFC Fight Night 126 main-event slot probably isn’t going to do much to answer that question.

For what it’s worth, Medeiros is 3-0 since moving up to welterweight from lightweight, where he had gone 3-4 in the UFC. Cerrone won his first four at welterweight after losing a lightweight title shot against Rafael dos Anjos two years ago, but now is on an 0-3 slide with TKO losses to Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till and a decision loss to Robbie Lawler.

For more on UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Jose Aldo and UFC 218's other losing fighters?


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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 218’s winning fighters?)

Saturday’s UFC 218 event at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit delivered plenty of entertainment value. That won’t matter to the five losing fighters from the pay-per-view main card, though.

In the main event, Jose Aldo’s (26-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) aspirations of a third UFC featherweight title reign were crushed by Max Holloway(19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC). Alistair Overeem (43-16 MMA, 8-5 UFC) suffered a brutal knockout loss in the co-headliner. Additionally, Sergio Pettis (16-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), Justin Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Michelle Waterson (14-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) were all topped by their foes.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 218’s losing fighters.

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Michelle Waterson

Cortney Casey

Should fight: Cortney Casey
Why they should fight: Waterson suffered consecutive losses for the first time in her career when she came out of the wrong end of a unanimous decision against Tecia Torres in an important strawweight bout.

After falling short against now-champ Rose Namajunas in April, Waterson faltered against the streaking Torres, who put herself in solid standing to challenge for the title with the win.

Waterson is one of the bigger names in the 115-pound division, and as a result, she’s going to get tough competition nearly every fight. Casey (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who lost to Felice Herrig on the UFC 218 preliminary card, is a lower-ranked opponent but never an easy out.

Justin Gaethje

James Vick

Should fight: James Vick
Why they should fight: The remarkable winning streak of Gaethje was finally brought to an end courtesy of former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in their anticipated fight.

Gaethje suffered a third-round knockout loss to fellow “The Ultimate Fighter 26” coach Alvarez. Gaethje knows his fighting style comes with great risk, and the former WSOF titleholder finally paid the price.

Gaethje’s still a very fresh face to the UFC, and there are countless fights ahead that could bring entertainment. Surging contender Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who’s riding a three-fight winning streak, is clamoring for a top-ranked opponent. Perhaps Gaethje would be a willing adversary.

Sergio Pettis

Ray Borg

Should fight: Ray Borg
Why they should fight: After putting together a solid run that put him in a title-eliminator, Pettis’ run toward the UFC flyweight title experienced a hiccup courtesy of Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.

Pettis suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Cejudo that will put him back to the drawing board in terms of making a run at the 125-pound belt. At 24 he’s still got plenty of time to progress, and there’s no doubt Pettis will go right back to work.

Given his character, Pettis will search for the biggest challenge available to help him rebound. Fighting another young flyweight in Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who is coming off a title-fight loss to champ Demetrious Johnson at UFC 216 in October, would provide him with an opportunity to make a statement.

Alistair Overeem

Cain Velasquez

Should fight: Cain Velasquez
Why they should fight: Overeem’s latest climb to the UFC heavyweight title suffered a critical blow courtesy of a violent Francis Ngannou knockout, and now it’s difficult to determine where “The Reem” goes from here.

Overeem is still incredibly dangerous and skilled, but the first-round loss to Ngannou is a tough setback for the former Strikeforce champ. Overeem has said the UFC belt is the one thing missing from his mantel, but after a failed title shot against now-champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 203 in September 2016, then the loss to Ngannou three fights later, he’s in a tough spot.

If Overeem has the fortitude to make another run at the belt, he could certainly do that within a few fights. It would be understandable if he weren’t up for it more than 20 years after his debut, but assuming he is, a matchup with ex-champ Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC), who recently said he’s aiming for a return next year, could get him right back on track.

Jose Aldo

Should fight: Anthony Pettis
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Aldo should move up to lightweight to fight Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 medical suspensions: Georges St-Pierre, Stephen Thompson receive 45 days


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Georges St-Pierre’s triumphant return at UFC 217 earned him the middleweight title and a 45-day medical suspension, likely from some nasty cuts courtesy of Michael Bisping.

St-Pierre’s (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) former training partner, Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), walked away from the event with a unanimous-decision win over Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and the same 45-day term.

MMAjunkie today received a full list of medical suspensions stemming from this past Saturday’s event, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York and was regulated by the New York State Athletic Commission.

Citing medical privacy laws, the commission said it does not release details on the nature of the suspensions.

Thompson reported a thumb injury in the wake of his win, leading to speculation about his readiness to return for a proposed fight with Darren Till at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 24. After UFC President Dana White confirmed the matchup, Thompson told MMAWeekly.com he had not received or accepted an offer to face Till.

All fighters received a minimum 7-day suspension.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC 217 include:

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fired-up James Vick pleads for ranked opponent, but 'can't put a gun to a guy's head'


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NEW YORK – James Vick is sick and tired of begging for ranked competition and hopes his impressive second-round TKO win over Joseph Duffy at UFC 217 will finally get him where he wants to be in the lightweight division.

Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) picked up his eighth victory in a nine-fight UFC career on Saturday when he became the first to stop Duffy (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with strikes. It was another solid performance, and having competed in the featured preliminary-bout prior to the pay-per-view main card at Madison Square Garden in New York, Vick hopes he’s finally put the division on notice.

“What else can I do?” Vick said following his win. “That was my third finish in a row, against a high-level opponent. That was the first time Joe Duffy’s ever been knocked out, and he had 18 professional fights. I better have got some attention.”

Vick knows that in the current UFC landscape, winning alone isn’t enough. He’s also aware that calling his shot is an important part of the game, and Vick came prepared to let the world know what he wants next.

Not only did Vick name the winner of next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 main event between Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) as his preferred next opponent, but he targeted the headlining spot of the recently announced UFC Fight Night 126 card on Feb. 18 in Austin as his preferred date and location.

“I’ll get on the card, but what I want is that main-event spot,” Vick said. “I’m 8-1. That’s one of the highest winning percentages in the UFC. It’s time to move forward now. I’m 30 years old. My goal is to be a world champion now. How many Joe Duffys do I have to beat?

“I want the winner of next week, Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier. I don’t want to shoot too low with a No. 3 guy that I’m not going to get, but Pettis or Poirier is ranked No. 8 in the world. Whoever wins is going to take that. So yeah, whoever wins that I want. The timeframe is perfect. Give them a couple weeks to heal up and get in camp.”

Although Vick is pushing for a big-fight opportunity, he said he’s been left disappointed before. Vick said he thinks UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby is doing his best to get him marquee fights, but there’s an issue finding willing opposition.

After beating a name like Duffy, he said he hopes that finally changes.

“Sean has been very good to me recently,” Vick said. “He tried as hard as he could to get a ranked guy, but they don’t want to fight me. They literally do not want to fight me. You can’t put a gun to a guy’s head.

“The thing is I’m in the high-risk, low-reward category right now. So I want to put myself into the high-reward category by making my name bigger. I’m doing my part, so hopefully the UFC, they’ve helped me recently in giving me a good push, and hopefully they continue to do so.”

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 Athlete Outfitting pay: 3 title fights help move 2017 payout past $5 million

NEW YORK – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 217 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $315,000.

UFC 217 took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were the three fighters who entered – but did not exit – the event as champions. Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) all received a maximum program payout of $40,000 as reigning champions coming into the card.

Those three title fights pushed the UFC 217 payout total to the second-highest mark of an event in 2017 and pushed the year’s total north of $5 million.

The full UFC 217 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Michael Bisping: $40,000
Georges St-Pierre: $30,000

Cody Garbrandt: $40,000
T.J. Dillashaw: $30,000

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $40,000
Rose Namajunas: $30,000

Stephen Thompson: $10,000
Jorge Masvidal: $15,000

Paulo Costa: $2,500
def. Johny Hendricks: $20,000

James Vick: $5,000
def. Joseph Duffy: $5,000

Ovince Saint Preux: $15,000
def. Corey Anderson: $5,000

Mark Godbeer: $2,500
def. Walt Harris: $5,000

Randy Brown: $5,000
def. Mickey Gall: $2,500

Curtis Blaydes: $2,500
def. Aleksei Oleinik: $5,000

Ricardo Ramos: $2,500
def. Aiemann Zahabi: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,077,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,400,500

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 217 results: James Vick keeps rolling, TKOs Joseph Duffy with 1 tick left in second

James Vick kept on rolling Saturday night and wants the kind of name that will make him a contender in the lightweight division.

Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) stopped Joseph Duffy (17-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a TKO with one second left in the second round after planting him with a big right uppercut.

The lightweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Duffy went to the center early and Vick circled outside. Vick landed a solid kick to the midsection 45 seconds in, but briefly took a seat when Duffy nearly caught it. Vick pushed his jab out a minute in, then countered a Duffy leg kick with one of his own. Vick faked a knee, then threw a right hand that whiffed. A right hand landed for Vick, and an uppercut came right behind it.

But Duffy landed a nice left over the top. Duffy caught a Vick kick and tripped him down, and a Duffy right hand found a home not long after that. With 90 seconds left, Duffy got inside and clinched up wtih Vick, but the two broke off not long after that. With 50 seconds left, Duffy took Vick down, then had to fend off a guillotine attempt.

Duffy worked body kicks in the second and had to stay as far at the end of Vick’s jab as he could. But Vick did well at finding his range, and while he didn’t land anything major for most of the round, he saved his best for the final 10 seconds of the round.

Vick landed a right uppercut that put Duffy on the canvas. Vick dove to the mat to go after him and landed 10 big hammerfists until the referee jumped in to call the fight – a fraction of a second before the horn sounded to end the round.

After the fight, Vick told announcer Joe Rogan he wants to headline the UFC’s “Fight Night” card in Austin, Texas, in February.

Vick won for the third straight time, all by stoppage. Duffy had a two-fight winning streak snapped.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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