TUF Live veteran James Vick remained undefeated as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Valmir Lazaro at UFC Fight Night 49. The 27 year-old is now 6-0 as a pro after coming into the bout with Lazaro with just one fight in the last three years.
Vick remains a prospect at 155lbs, especially due to his 6’3″ frame. Lazaro showed that he has a solid chin after taking some heavy exchanges from Vick, whose go-to move seemed to be the right hook for much of the fight.
Here is how the fight played out.
James Vick has fought just once since 2011, and looks to remain undefeated against 12-2 UFC debutant Valmir Lazaro.
Round 1 – Vick with the jab, while Lazxaro lands a leg kick. Leg kick from Lazaro once again. That one was checked by Vick. Superman punch by Vick, with Lazaro mixing the counter. Vick trying to frustrate Lazaro by sticking and moving, using the jab. Big right from Lazaro lands. Nice left jab from Vick, who then lands to the body. Flying knee attempted by Vick, who gets countered. Body kick from Vick, then a high kick. They’re both exchanging here on the feet, hard to judge who’s getting the better. Stiff right from Lazaro. Good head movement from the Brazilian. Slip from Vick but Lazaro fails to capitalise. Vick seemed to wobble Lazaro with that combination. A lovely combination from Vick, that hurt Lazaro, and the Brazilian responds by getting a takedown. Incredible sweep from Vick, getting the mount momentarily before Lazaro gets back up. A huge left and right hook from Lazaro. High kick by Vick. Lazaro gets the trip but Vick up almost immediately. Right hook from Lazaro, Vick counters with a body shot. Overhand right lands for Lazaro as Vick leaves an opening. Good combination of straights from the American as the round draws to a close.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Vick.
Round 2 – Vick gets in a right before avoiding Lazaro’s attack. Good combination lands for the Brazilian, finishing it with the kick. Lazaro doubles up the jab and lands a leg kick. Lazaro looking better in the second. Vick with the overhand right landing. Vick with a combination but countered by Lazaro. Beautiful, crisp combo by Lazaro. He’s doing a lot better in the second. The leg kicks from Lazaro are hurting Vick. Vick tries to sneak the body kick in but it’s caught. Spinning attack from Vick misses. He has a cut on the left eye. Stiff right by Lazaro. A huge right by Vick and Lazaro is on jelly legs! He goes for the takedown but Vick avoids it! And a straight right from Lazaro. Huge combination by Vick. Straight right. High kick just misses from Vick. Lazaro seems a little recovered. He goes for a left hook. They’re changing jabs now. Good combo from Lazaro. Vick presses forward with a combination of his own. Lazaro gets the trip and has half guard just at the end of the round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Lazaro (19-19).
Round 3 – High kick attempted by Vick. Jab then to the body by Lazaro. Huge right lands for Vick, that tagged Lazaro. He ducks the head kick of Vick. Huge right once again from Vick. Lazaro with the level change but Vick working on the neck. He lets go and Lazaro has the clinch. Vick reversing it and now has Lazaro pressed up against the fence. He escapes and lands a left on the exit. A lot of head movement by Lazaro, and he did a good job avoiding Vick’s strikes there. High kick from the American. 1-2 from Lazaro. Both fighters landing. Huge high kick drops Lazaro! He gets up and now shoots in on Vick. The referee halts the action after an accidental groin strike. Straight right from Vick. Both are trying wild techniques. Good knee lands to Lazaro’s head but the Brazilian fighter hanging in there. Lazaro misses a winging strike. Straight left by Vick. Uppercut misses by some way from the American. Flying knee at the end of the round, Lazaro shaking him off and he ends the fight on the mat.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Vick (29-28 Vick).
Result: Vick via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27).
Vick explains how he felt some Octagon rust, but he remains undefeated in a relatively fun contest.
You can check out the full play-by-play for the event here on Cage Pages. The results for the card, as it stands, can be found below.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
James Vick def. Valmir Lazaro via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27).
Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 in first round.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:38 in second round.
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).