Fight Night 126, which took place at the Frank Erwin Center, saw James Vick pick up his 9th UFC victory in 10 fights against Francisco Trinaldo.
Vick in his post fight interview mentioned that he wants a matchup with one of the UFC’s top lightweights because he doesn’t think anyone ranked below him will agree to a fight.
However,later on,Twitter saw Vick calling out former Lightweight Title Challenger Kevin ‘The MoTown Phenomenon’ Lee (via Twitter):
Yo @MoTownPhenom just saw your stupid ass Instagram live post from last night. Sign the contract if you ain't scared you lil bitch
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) February 20, 2018
Kevin Lee (16-3,9-3 in the UFC) last fought at UFC 216 on October 7,2017 against Tony Ferguson (23-3,13-1 in the UFC) for the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship,where he lost the fight via Triangle Choke in the third round.
Vick said he was “disappointed” with his performance against Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 126. An emphatic finish would have benefitted his case for a big fight, but he said a dislocated finger forced him to adjust mid-fight.Still, he came out with a decisive win, and he said that should still count for something given Trinaldo’s track record.
Other call outs made by Vick prior to his bout against Trinaldo:
After his victory on the preliminary card of UFC 217 against Joe Duffy,Vick said he was interested in fighting Dustin Poirier(22-5-1),Anthony Pettis(20-7),Justin Gaethje(18-1),Eddie Alvarez (18-4) and Evan Dunham (18-6-1) (via YouTube)
He reportedly said that Chiesa turned the fight down as he didn’t want to fight someone like Vick who is ranked so below him.Vick when asked about Gaethje also said in his interview with mmajunkie,”Justin Gaethje was running his mouth earlier in the summer. The dude’s a (expletive) punching bag. I’ll knock his ass out. These dudes don’t want to fight me. I don’t even care. I’m thinking above that”(via YouTube):
Vick definitely See’s himself as the world champion and say’s he’s ready for fights like UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor,Interim Champion Tony Ferguson and Contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.