Justin Gaethje brings the violence in his UFC debut
“The Highlight” Justin Gaethje live up to his name in his UFC debut. Not only did he win in the fashion fans are accustomed to seeing him win in, but he called out the top ranked man in his division while getting respect from the sitting champion, Conor McGregor. Against one of the top ranked fighters in the lightweight division in Michael Johnson, Gaethje let the mixed martial arts world know that holding a title outside of the UFC counts for something.
That was a good contest. Two fighters, fighting.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 8, 2017
Now 18-0, Gaethje came in and took a lot of damage from Johnson. He was hobbled once in each round before he delivered a finish in round two. During the fight Gaethje chopped away at Johnson’s lead leg, both in inside and outside leg kicks that he has finishes other fighters with in the past. While keeping his hands tight and countering with leg kicks, body shots and a grinding clinch Gaethje risked it all to win in his UFC debut.
That he was in his first outing in the UFC, afterwards when asked about who he would like to fight next Gaethje first responded with, “Give me my equal.” Then in his post fight interview with the broadcast team on the FS1 broadcast he said he would like to fight Tony Ferguson. The only time he addressed the possibility of facing McGregor is when he was told about McGregor’s tweet about the fight. “Real recognizes real.”
The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption finale had Jesse Taylor win the prize money and contract which made for a true redemption story and the card was worthy of a pay-per-view in all. See the event highlights below:
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