Saturday nighttime ’s UFC Philadelphia main-event promised to be fireworks, also that’s exactly what it had been.
Justin Gaethje stood in against Edson Barboza at the Wells Fargo Center, also did exactly what Justin Gaethje is expected to do: He stood directly in Barboza’s wheelhouse before he landed on a concussive blow to put Barboza a way.
The end came at 2:30 of around one. Gaethje landed a massive right hand which stiffened Barboza and delivered him straight to the canvas. Referee Kevin McDonald immediately stepped in and stopped the fight, also Gaethje did a back flip off the very top of their Octagon.
“This is the toughest game on the earth, individual,” he said from the post-fight interview. “Along with the greatest live series in the world earth tonight, I guarantee it. Man, I just really like this muchbetter. I was nervous as I had no suspicions coming in, and it disturbs me. I just don’t understand I could ’t worry or fearful, but it’s I love it too much. ”
The fireworks came , as each fighter traded leg kicks and strikes in the exact middle of this Octagon. Barboza trimmed Gaethje with two or three shots right in scope, and Gaethje answered with his or her own personal. He did actually hurt the Brazilian Barboza first with a shooter, which attracted blood about Barboza’s eyecatching.
Still, Barboza strove to be at Gaethje at his or her own game. He fired off leg kicks at one of those premiere leg kick specialists in MMA.
“He collapses hard, man,” Gaethje said of Barboza. UFC, exactly what the hell are you believing moving Donald Cerrone in front of me? He beat the No. 1-5 guy and he gets to move before me? You guys have been crapping on every piece of. . .this is ridiculous.
“But, hey, I’m the subsequent one. There’s five or six guys in front of me, also that I need each and each . ”
This was the second victory in a row for Gaethje (20-2), that knocked out James Vick straight back in August. He’s currently 3-2 in the UFC since coming as the reigning World Series of Fighting lightweight champion.
With the loss, Barboza falls into 20-7 overall in MMA (14-7 in UFC). He has lost three out of the last four, along with his lone win coming against Dan Hooker in December.