Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje battled in a lightweight bout in the main event of UFC Philadelphia on Saturday night (March 30, 2019).
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Barboza (20-6) has yet to be in a boring fight throughout his career. He defeated Daniel Hooker via total body destruction in his last outing at UFC on FOX 31. As for Gaethje (19-2). He rebounded from the first setback of his career with a knock out of the year contending KO victory over James Vick at last year’s UFC Lincoln. A win Saturday night would bolster Gaethje’s title
Gaethje throws a hard leg kick and follows it with another. The fighters trade hard leg kicks with Barboza digging in. Gaethje starts to unload on Barboza and he is hurt. Barboza’s eye is messed up. Gaethje presses him against the cage. He lands an elbow and some dirty boxing. They separate. Gaethje wings some wild punches and Barboza goes back to the legs. Gaethje comes over the top with a right hand that sends Barboza to the canvas. Wow.
Justin Gaethje defeats Edson Barboza via knockout (punch) at 2:30 of round one