UFC FN 135. Battle of the top 10’s

By-Joey Blood

UFC Fight Night 135 will take place on August 25 2018 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska where the main event is a clash of two top ten lightweight fighters as #7 ranked Justin Gaethje (18-2) 1-2 in UFC will battle #10 ranked James Vick (13-1) 9-1 in UFC in which both fighters need an impressive performance to move up the 155 pound ladder.

Making his UFC debut last year Justin Gaethje was no stranger to the big lights as he was undefeated and the former WSOF Lightweight Champion. His debut was a successful one as he stopped Ultimate Fighter veteran Michael Johnson in a fight of the year contender. Fast forward to today and he has lost his last two fights in a row. Each fight has been  fight of the night however so we can never expect a dull performance from the man from Arizona. If he is going to want to stay in the top 10 of the lightweight division however he will need to use his devastating leg kicks and that NCAA wrestling experience if he wants to continue being successful. This is the first time in a while that Justin has faced someone with a significant height and reach advantage as James so it will be interesting on how he gets pasts those problems. In the end though he believes that he can take damage better than Vick however. “He is 6’3 so he must have some fragile bones, im going to make my bones touch his bones and we will see who’s is stronger.”

His opponent though is much more experienced in the UFC. Making his debut back in 2013 James Vick is  the tallest fighter at 155 pounds standing at 6’3. He is currently on a 4 fight win streak with some of those wins including stoppages over Joe Duffy and Abel Trujillo. With a 76 inch reach Vick is very good at playing the tall fighter, using jabs and head movement to really confuse his opponents. If he can make a statement this Saturday against a top 10 fighter, he will be one step closer to a title shot and quite possibly would face a top 5 fighter next. He believes his experience and reach advantage will lead him to victory. Vick respects Justin but he believes he is in the end the ‘Tougher” fighter. “I’d be a fool if I pretended like Justin can’t hit hard. I know what he can do, but I’ve also seen what Eddie (Alvarez) and Dustin (Poirier) did to him and I’m not going to be intimidated. Everyone here is tough,” Vick said.

Which fighter will come out on top and move one step closer to top 5 competition and possibly a future title shot? find out at UFC Fight Night 135 from Lincoln, Nebraska. On Fox Sports 1

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