To get one thing out of the way, UFC lightweight James Vick likes watching Justin Gaethje fight, just like everyone else does.
But when he’s the one subject to Gaethje’s bruising attack, he doesn’t think much about his opponent’s skills.
“He’s a frickin’ human punching bag who’s padded his record against B-level competition outside of this organization, and then he comes into the UFC and gets his ass whooped,” said Vick, who meets Gaethje in the FS1-televised headliner of UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug. 25 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. “He’s not a No. 7-ranked fighter.
“I’ll give him credit. He’s a warrior. I understand why he’s a fan favorite. He puts on a show for the fans. He’s an exciting fighter. I like watching him fight. He has world-class heart. He’ll dig down deep, and he’ll fight. But he doesn’t have world-class skills. He doesn’t have world-class talent, and he’s a B-level fighter. The dude shouldn’t even be in the top 10.”