James Vick vs Dan Hooker UFC Predictions & Tips - 7/20/2019
James Vick vs Dan Hooker
UFC on ESPN 4
Saturday, July 20, 2019
James "The Texecutioner" Vick (13-3-0) will face off in the Octagon against Dan "The Hangman" Hooker (17-8-0) at UFC on ESPN 4 in AT&T Center on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The opening line has Vick coming in at +145 while Hooker is priced at -185.
James "The Texecutioner" Vick comes into this fight with 13 wins and 3 losses. The Fort Worth, TX native is 32 years old, weighs in at 155 lbs and stands 6'3" inches tall. He has a 76.0" reach and fights in the lightweight division. Vick has a total of 12 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his last fight, Vick was defeated in the third round against Paul Felder by unanimous decision. In the lightweight division, he is 41st in strikes with 470 and is 174th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to strike accuracy, James Vick ranks 409th in the UFC and 85th in the lightweight division connecting on 42.8% of the shots he throws. He also has a total of 2 takedowns which has him sitting at 355th in the UFC and 75th in the lightweight division. Vick finishes 33.3% of his takedown tries which has him sitting at 308th in the UFC and 65th among fighters in the division. He ranks 30th among fighters in the division and 132nd in the UFC for significant strikes with 395. Of those significant strikes, 256 of them were directed at the head while 99 of them were directed at the body which has him sitting at 31st and 21st respectively among fighters in the division.
At UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick, he was defeated via KO/TKO in round 1 when he fought Justin Gaethje. 2 fights ago, Vick won in the third round when he fought Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Medeiros by unanimous decision.
Walking into the Octagon for this matchup, Dan "The Hangman" Hooker has a total of 17 wins and 8 losses. The 29-year-old fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand measures 6'0" inches tall and weighs in at 155 lbs. The City Kickboxing fighter competes in the lightweight division and has a 75.0" reach. He has compiled 11 fights in the UFC. Dan Hooker was defeated by unanimous decision when he faced Edson Barboza in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Iaquinta. When talking about strikes, Hooker is 126th out of all fighters in the UFC and 30th among fighters in the division with 605.
When talking about strike accuracy, he is landing 51.1% of the shots he throws which ranks him 51st in the lightweight division and 276th among UFC fighters. In addition, Hooker sits at 64th in the lightweight division and 305th among UFC fighters with a total of 3 takedowns. Sitting at 51st among fighters in the division and 256th among UFC fighters, Hooker completes 37.5% of his takedown attempts. With 416 significant strikes, he sits at 124th among UFC fighters and 29th among fighters in the division. Hooker sits at 41st among fighters in the division for significant strikes directed at the midsection with 58 and 25th for significant strikes directed at the head with 292. At UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier, he earned a victory via stoppage in the first round when he faced Gilbert Burns. In the fight before that, Hooker earned a victory in the first round when he faced Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee by stoppage.
When dissecting the fight between James Vick and Dan Hooker, it's important to know how the two fighters compare. Dan Hooker is the more accurate striker, having connected on 51.1% of his strikes meaning James Vick will want to keep his hands up. In the case of physical qualities, the first fighter to take a look at is James Vick who is 6'3" while the fighter on the other side of the cage is 6'0". In the case of reach, Vick measures 76.0" while Hooker has a reach of 75.0" meaning Vick will want to prevent the closing of distance so Dan Hooker cannot use his reach to his advantage. Vick has been around longer at 32 years old while Hooker is the younger fighter in this matchup at 29 years old. When discussing Octagon experience, Vick has 12 fights making him the veteran in this matchup while Hooker has a total of 11 fights in the Octagon. With respect to overall experience in MMA, Vick has 13 wins and 3 losses while Dan Hooker holds an overall mixed martial arts record 17 wins and 8 losses.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take James Vick (+145)
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