James Vick saved on rolling Saturday night time and desires the sort of title that may make him a contender within the light-weight division.
Vick (12-1 MMA, Eight-1 UFC) stopped Joseph Duffy (17-Three MMA, Four-2 UFC) with a TKO with one second left within the second spherical after planting him with a giant proper uppercut.
The light-weight bout closed out the preliminary card of right this moment’s UFC 217 occasion at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on FS1 following extra prelims on UFC Fight Pbad and forward of a principal card on pay-per-view.
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Duffy went to the middle early and Vick circled exterior. Vick landed a strong kick to the midsection 45 seconds in, however briefly took a seat when Duffy almost caught it. Vick pushed his jab out a minute in, then countered a Duffy leg kick with considered one of his personal. Vick faked a knee, then threw a proper hand that whiffed. A proper hand landed for Vick, and an uppercut got here proper behind it.
But Duffy landed a pleasant left excessive. Duffy caught a Vick kick and tripped him down, and a Duffy proper hand discovered a house not lengthy after that. With 90 seconds left, Duffy bought inside and clinched up wtih Vick, however the two broke off not lengthy after that. With 50 seconds left, Duffy took Vick down, then needed to fend off a guillotine try.
Duffy labored physique kicks within the second and needed to keep as far on the finish of Vick’s jab as he might. But Vick did effectively at discovering his vary, and whereas he didn’t land something main for many of the spherical, he saved his finest for the ultimate 10 seconds of the spherical.
Vick landed a proper uppercut that put Duffy on the canvas. Vick dove to the mat to go after him and landed 10 mbadive hammerfists till the referee jumped in to name the combat – a fraction of a second earlier than the horn sounded to finish the spherical.
After the combat, Vick instructed announcer Joe Rogan he needs to headline the UFC’s “Fight Night” card in Austin, Texas, in February.
Vick gained for the third straight time, all by stoppage. Duffy had a two-fight successful streak snapped.
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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on website in New York.)