By Raphael Garcia
At UFC 199 the promotion will continue the showcase the surging prospects on its roster. Just as with UFC Fight Night 88, this card features a number of undefeated fighters looking to grab the attention of hardcore and mainstream fans alike. Brian Ortega, James Vick, and Tom Breese are three men who have big fights on Saturday and will be presented with opportunities to shine on a major PPV event.
As the UFC continues to develop its roster and build up potential stars for the future, young prospects that excelled on the regional or international scene remain part of the company’s plans. In Ortega, Breese, and Vick, the UFC possesses fighters that can be developed into interesting attractions.
The 29-year-old James Vick is the oldest of the group, but he’s already put together a 5-0 UFC campaign. Vick is a long and tall lightweight who has a very dynamic striking attack, which he uses to overwhelm his opponents into making mistakes. He’s a very competent grappler as well, but he faces a very difficult challenge in Beneil Dariush. A win would immediately place him in the Top 15, but a defeat shouldn’t knock him too far back down the ladder. 5dimes lists Vick as a +170 underdog, but such a close figure just serves to represent how dangerous of a fighter he is at this point in time.
Sean Strickland, who is another young fighter that has quietly put together a winning UFC campaign. This is a great matchup where the winner should expect a ranked opponent next.
Even though veteran names such as Urijah Faber and Michael Bisping adorn the marquee, there are a number of athletes due to compete further down on the UFC 199 card who are in the position to capture the attention that has eluded them to this point in their careers. As they walk to the cage, Ortega, Breese, and Vick will each have the chance to push their mixed martial arts careers to the next level.
UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 (formerly UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Weidman 2) takes place on June 4, 2016 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.