A former UFC top-10 lightweight has announced his retirement.
After competing in MMA for over nine years, James Vick has hung up his gloves. The decision comes after Vick suffered his fifth loss in a row and his third straight knockout or TKO defeat. Vick was stopped by Andre Fialho in the second round.
Vick took to his Instagram account to release a statement on making his decision to retire.
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“This is combat sports and this sh*t can be permanent. One of the last punches he landed I knew something was seriously wrong. I’m glad the ref stepped in because lord knows I would have been too tough and dumb to do that. My orbital is broke on my right side, the fracture went all the way through to the other side causing a Bilateral break plus my jaw is completely displaced so tomorrow they are finally doing surgery to fix it. It really was a perfectly placed shot. The doctor said I could definitely fight again after this if I wanted to but this was my last fight. I can’t keep putting my family through this. I have reached the top of where I was going to get in combat sports in becoming a top 10 fighter in the UFC.
“Honestly, that was probably a major overachievement considering I didn’t even start training until I was 20 yrs old, worked a full-time job for almost half of that and had several major surgeries after that. Trying to catch these guys that have trained their entire lives has seriously been the hardest thing I have ever done. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Thank you to anyone who has been there to support me, teach me, or cheer me on along the way. I have made life long relationships in this martial arts journey I will always be so grateful for. It bothers me that my 3-year-old son has to see his daddy with his jaw wired shut for 4 to 6 weeks because of all this. He is so little and doesn’t understand. Time to move on and focus more on my family and raising my son to be a great man.Thank you everyone and thank this sport for the memories.”
Vick ends his pro MMA career with a record of 13-6. Vick has shared the cage with the likes of Justin Gaethje, Paul Felder, and Dan Hooker. Vick had a record of 9-5 under the UFC banner.