UFC on Fox Sports 1 kicked off today, which started off with a bang thanks to James Vick, who was able to defeat Ramsey Nijem by way of guillotine. Early in the fight, Nijem looked to get his wrestling game going, but Vick was able to get back to his feet. He would eventually lock on a dangerous guillotine and Nijem was forced to tap out in the first.
This is a huge win for Vick, who was making his UFC debut after competing on The Ultimate Fighter. Vick would lose to Michael Chiesa by way of KO on the show, but it looks like he is putting everything together, especially in terms of his grappling game. Training with Team Lloyd Irvin, Vick showcased a brilliant grappling game tonight.
He is one of the bigger lightweights in the division, sporting a 76.5-inch reach and is 6-foot-3. If he can keep up this upward trajectory, he will be hard to deal with for any fighter in this division. For Ramsey, he will have to go back to the drawing board, rethinking his grappling attack. He may have underestimated Vick’s submissions skills, and he paid for it dearly tonight.
This was a great way to start off the card, and Vick may not be a household name just yet, but he certainly possess the physical tools to compete with the best of them in this division, which is currently being reigned by Ben Henderson. Henderson is currently set to face Anthony Pettis for the lightweight belt, and Vick may get his name in the title mix if he can put a few more impressive wins, like this, together.