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James Vick: UFC Lincoln was ‘worst night of my life’

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James Vick (pictured) ahead of his fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln on Saturday
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It’s been a while since James Vick has tasted defeat and by the sounds of it, this one is going to sting for a while.

Vick was the recipient of a brutal one-punch KO in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Lincoln, just the second loss of his career and his first since being knocked out by Beneil Dariush in June 2016. The 31-year-old Texan took to Instagram to express his disappointment, calling Saturday the “worst night of my life,” and to compliment opponent Justin Gaethje.

In the post, Vick goes on to apologize for some of the criticisms he levied towards Gaethje in the lead-up to the fight in regards to what he perceived to be Gaethje’s reckless style.

“I said what I said to get and promote the fight,” Vick wrote of his first UFC main event opportunity. “You are a class act and I do appreciate the kind words last night. I have no excuses. I was in shape, healthy, and confident. I blew it.

“For all those that believed in me and support me I am truly sorry. I will go back and keep training and loving this life of being a fighter and a martial artist. This is the life I have chosen and I guess this comes with the territory.”

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