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James Vick steps in to face Evan Dunham in lightweight duel at UFC 199

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

James Vick is scheduled for a quick turnaround from his win on last Saturday's UFC 197, as "The Texecutioner" replaces the injured Leo Santos in a lightweight fight against Evan Dunham.

Vick vs. Dunham will be at UFC 199, which takes place on June 4 at UFC's debut at The Forum in Los Angeles, and features a pair of title matches as headliners, Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title and Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title.

Vick (9-0), who is a tall lightweight at nearly 6-foot-3 , scored a decision win over Glaico Franca on April 23 in Las Vegas, a fight he clinched in winning the third round. That followed his previous fight 11 months earlier when he stopped the previously unbeaten Jake Matthews in Australia with a guillotine choke at 4:53 of round one. 

Vick came into UFC after appearing in the spring 2012 season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he went 3-1, losing to eventual winner Michael Chiesa in the semifinals.

Dunham (17-6), is currently ranked as the No. 14 contender in the lightweight division, and brings three wins in a row against Rodrigo Damm, Ross Pearson and most recently a decision win over Joe Lauzon on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas.  Dunham is 10-6 in a seven-year UFC career which also includes wins over Efrain Escudero, Tyson Griffin, Nik Lentz and Gleison Tibau.

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