UFC Tampa Results: Niko Price Knocks Out James Vick With Upkick

Niko Price, UFC 240 Ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Niko Price earned one of the best knockouts of the year, defeating James Vick with an upkick KO in the first round at UFC Tampa.

Niko Price vs. James Vick is one of the few UFC fights that promises to be fireworks. Vick is a former top-15 lightweight that is moving up to 170 pounds following a tough three-fight losing streak. However, Vick has big wins over names such as Polo Reyes, Joseph Duffy, and Francisco Trinaldo.

Niko Price is arguably the most entertaining fighter in the UFC. Since debuting in the UFC in 2016, all nine of his fights have ended in finishes. Price has knockout wins over the likes of Alan Jouban, Tim Means, and Brandon Thatch. He’s looking to rebound from a TKO loss to Geoff Neal earlier this year.

Niko Price came out throwing like he usually does, wild strikes as always. Vick did a good job of slipping Price’s initial flurry, but he ended up slipping and Price went to the top position. Vick fought his way back to his feet and end up getting a takedown of his own, he started raining down elbows and strikes with his long arms. He stood up to better posture for his punches, and as Vick was coming in for more, Price landed a sickening upkick that knocked Vick out cold. A couple of unnecessary strikes later and the fight was called off.

Niko Price continues to be must-watch television, as this is also his second TKO off his back in the UFC. The first being a hammerfist TKO victory off his back over Randy Brown in 2018.

Niko Price def. James Vick by KO (Upkick) in Round 1 (1:44)