The main event at Saturday’s UFC event in Philadelphia was expected to have some fireworks and it didn’t disappoint, as Justin Gaethje knocked out Edson Barboza with a devastating right hand midway through the first round.
Gaethje is one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport, so the result wasn’t a surprise at all. But man, what a punch by Gaethje, who goes by the nickname, “The Highlight.”
It’s the lightweight’s second first-round KO in a row and his third win via KO in his five UFC fights.
Check out his KO of Barboza below, which sent Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, and Dominick Cruz into hysterics:
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WE TOLD YOU THIS FIGHT WOULDN'T DISAPPOINT!@Justin_Gaethje puts Barboza away in round 1! #UFCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/WD40HcctN9
— UFC (@ufc) March 31, 2019
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Justin Gaethje wins Fight of the Night bonus, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to win a post-fight bonus in each of their first 5 fights. #UFCPhiladelphia
— Andrew Davis (@AndrewRDavis85) March 31, 2019
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That was well done all the way through. Congratulations Justin.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2019
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 31, 2019
He’s not human. He’s like a piece of iron. CONGRATS @Justin_Gaethje #UFCPhiladelhpia
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 31, 2019
what a main event!!! #UFCPhiladelphia
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 31, 2019
Aaaaaammmmaaaaazzzzing!!! @Justin_Gaethje that was wild! Congrats #UFCPhiladelphia
— Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) March 31, 2019
wowwww @Justin_Gaethje !!! what a fight!! #UFCPhiladelhpia
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) March 31, 2019
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 31, 2019
Gaethje is a psychopath and I absolutely love it! Hell of a KO! #ufc @ufc
— Danny Vitale (@RealDannyVitale) March 31, 2019
I vote we give Justin Gaethje a Money in the Bank-type thing where he can just show up on any given night and call his next opponent.
— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) March 31, 2019
Justin Gaethje is the kind of guy who thinks the best way to put out a fire is by swallowing it. What a barbarian. He is everything they tell you not to do in risk management and he beats most of the best fighters on Earth doing it. El rey.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) March 31, 2019
Justin Gaethje is literally entertainment personified. It's unreal how consistently must-watch this man is.
The UFC needs to give him a gigantic raise. Whatever he's making, it's not enough. What a legend. #UFCPhiladelphia
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 31, 2019
Justin Gaethje might just be the biggest savage in MMA history.
— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) March 31, 2019
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