James Vick was a late replacement for Evan Dunham against Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 104, Vick walked away with a second round submission victory.
Although Vick did secure the d’arce choke submission in the second round against Trujillo, but Vick feels he would’ve secured it the first time, if it wasn’t for an abnormality.
“I just couldn’t believe he got out of it, to be honest with you,” Vick told MMA Junkie. “He did the right defense. He tried to flatten out his chest and flatten himself out, but honestly, it sounds weird, but I had it too deep. Sometimes I have problems. My arms so long that when I fight guys in my weight class, I have a problem adjusting it. I guess I need to drill that a little more. But I thought I maybe shot the arm a little too deep because I was looking and I was squeezing. I could see how high my forearm was up, and I felt like I needed to pull it down a little bit, and I just didn’t adjust it in time.”
Vick has won six of his seven fights under the UFC banner and this win over Trujillo came in his home state of Texas.Vick has a location for his next UFC appearance and if it goes his way, he won’t be traveling too far.
“I want to make sure I’m getting on it, period,” he said. “I would like to fight someone in the top 15. I want to move up. My goal is to be a world champion. I got my chance last time (against Dariush), and I blew it. Now I’m going to redeem myself. I know I’m one of the best fighters in the world. I know I can contend with these guys, and I would love to fight someone in the top 10 or top 15. …Above all, I want to be on the (UFC 211) card for sure.”
Outside of the win over Trujillo, Vick has also earned some notable wins in the UFC over Ramsey Nijem, Nick Hein and Jake Matthews.