Former UFC fighter James Vick has announced his retirement on Tuesday following a loss to Andre Fialho at a regional MMA card on the weekend.
Vick declared the end of his career through Instagram on Tuesday evening.
“One of my main reasons for still fighting was to prove to my son that you can’t just give up when things get hard in life,” said Vick “But this is not the way to teach him that. This is not like failing a test or losing a basketball or football game. This is combat sports and this s*** can be permanent.
Vick took a rough loss on the weekend, getting stopped in the second round with strikes. The finish victory for Fialho came after dropping Vick once with strikes and landing over a dozen in total.
Vick detailed the injuries sustained from the fight in his retirement statement.
“My orbital is broke on my right side, the fracture went all the way through to the other side causing a [sic] bi-lateral break plus my jaw is completely displaced so tomorrow they are finally doing surgery to fix it,” said Vick.
Vick made his UFC debut in 2013 after participating in season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Vick had a strong run early in his career, putting together five wins before losing a fight to Beneil Dariush in 2016.
Vick then won four more fights in a run from 2017 to 2018.
Vick’s troubles started in 2018, where he lost a main event fight to Justin Gaethje in just over a minute. He then lost fights to Paul Felder, Dan Hooker and Niko Price before the UFC released him.
Reflecting on his career, Vick was satisfied with what he achieved.
“I have reached the top of where I was going to get in combat sports in becoming a top 10 fighter in the UFC,” said Vick. “Honestly that was probably a major over achievement considering I didn’t even start training until I was 20 yrs old.”