Tuesday, May 24, 2022

UFC 197 To Feature Bout Between Unbeaten Octagon Fighters

Inside the Octagon, Glaico Franca and James Vick are unbeaten, winning all five of their combined fights.

The lightweights will now square off this April at UFC 197, officials announced recently. The event includes UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo.

Franca (13-3) is 10-1 over his last 11 and on a three-fight win streak. That includes a rear-naked submission win over Fernando Bruno back at UFC 190 in his debut with the promotion. He has finished a dozen of his 13 career wins.

Vick (8-0) debuted with the UFC back in 2013 and scored a guillotine choke on Ramsey Nijem in just 58 seconds to make a splash. He has followed that up with wins over Valmir Lazaro, Nick Hein and Jake Matthews.

In 2012, Vick appeared on the first – and only – live season of The Ultimate Fighter. He won his first three fights, including a knockout of Daron Cruickshank, before falling to eventual winner Michael Chiesa in the semifinals.

The rest of the UFC 197 fight card includes Yair Rodriguez-Andre Fili, Robert Whittaker-Rafael Natal, Marcos Rogerio de Lima-Clint Hester and Jessica Aguilar-Juliana Lima.

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