Justin Gaethje
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Starches Edson Barboza with one-punch KO
LightweightUFC
March 30, 2019
Gaethje defeated Edson Barboza via KO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
ANALYSIS
Gaethje's ability to dish out insane punishment and absorb everything his opponents throw at him is unparalleled in the sport of MMA. This fight was expected to be a vicious brawl and it didn't disappoint. Barboza matched Gaethje shot for shot, except Justin ate Edson's shots without issue, and Barboza crumbled under the pressure of Gaethje on multiple occasions. Gaethje's chin gives him a chance in every single fight in which he competes. He's impossible to finish off quickly so he has time to dish out punishment of his own and that's what stopped Barboza on Saturday. Gaethje is now 3-2 in his first five UFC bouts and all of them have ended via knockout. Possibly more impressive is the fact that each of those five bouts have ended in a $50,000 post-fight bonus heading Gaethje's way, as he and Barboza earned Fight of the Night honors.
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To fight Edson Barboza in Philly
LightweightUFC
January 16, 2019
Gaethje has been booked to fight Edson Barboza in a lightweight bout at UFC on ESPN in Philadelphia on March 30, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gaethje just joined the UFC in 2017 and is coming off a first-round knockout over James Vick at UFC Lincoln back in August. Gaethje, however, is still just 2-2 since joining the organization due to suffering back-to-back knockouts from Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. The March fight pits him against a seasoned UFC veteran in Barboza, who is 13-6 in the UFC since joining all the way back in 2010.
Highlight reel knockout in Round 1 in UFC Lincoln main event
LightweightUFC
August 25, 2018
Gaethje defeated James Vick via KO (punch) at 1:27 of Round 1 at UFC Lincoln on Saturday. He picked up a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
ANALYSIS
The fight started out with Vick doing a good job controlling the distance with kicks. He was landing body shots at will and even wobbled Gaethje at one point. "The Highlight" stayed patient and leaped in with an overhand right. Vick was unconscious before he hit the canvas. He was so concussed he tried to take Gaethje down after the fight when Gaethje came over to shake his hand.
Gets replacement opponent in James Vick
LightweightUFC
June 28, 2018
Gaethje will now take on James Vick in a lightweight battle at UFC Lincoln on August 25.
ANALYSIS
Gaethje had originally been scheduled to take on Al Iaquinta, but Iaquinta was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed reasons. He'll now get an equally-tough matchup in Vick, a long and large fighter for the 155-pound division. Gaethje will concede six inches in reach and four inches in height, so it might be more difficult than usual to utilize his typical stand-and-trade philosophy. It would be wise to instead lean on his wrestling, as Vick has been taken down five times over his last two fights. Without seeing much wrestling from Gaethje in his first three UFC fights, however, there's no guarantee he's ready to make an adjustment.
Will no longer fight Iaquinta
LightweightUFC
June 27, 2018
Gaethje will no longer face Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 25 as Iaquinta has dropped out due to undisclosed reasons, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Gaethje has lost his opponent for his next scheduled fight. The UFC is currently searching for a new opponent for Gaethje. As of now, it seems the plan is to keep Gaethje in the main event, however more information should come out in the coming weeks as the search for a replacement opponent continues.
To headline Lincoln card against Al Iaquinta
LightweightUFC
June 7, 2018
Gaethje will take on Al Iaquinta in a lightweight matchup in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card in Lincoln, Nebraska on Aug. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Gaethje is coming off back-to-back punishing losses and should probably be taking some time off, but will get back into the Octagon for another potentially electrifying matchup in August -- four months after his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier. Iaquinta is coming off a loss as well, though anybody that hangs with Khabib Nurmagomedov for five rounds on short notice is more than impressive. For Gaethje, he would be well suited to utilize his wrestling skills more as opposed to constantly engaging in all-out brawls, but this isn't something he's been willing to do in his career to date. To further complicate the matter, Iaquinta sports a more-than-respectable 77 percent takedown defense. Gaethje's fights continue to be of the fan-friendly variety, but if he's long for this sport, he may need to consider some stylistic adjustments.