Justin Gaethje produced basically the most racy efficiency of his profession to label Tony Ferguson and resolve the UFC length in-between light-weight title at UFC 249.
The occasion, held late closed doors in Jacksonville, Florida, saw loads of thrilling fights, but all eyes bear been on the main occasion between Gaethje and Ferguson, with the winner living to switch on to face undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.
Nurmagomedov became to birth with living to face Ferguson on 18 April in Brooklyn, however the coronavirus outbreak compelled the occasion to be moved, and the UFC’s are trying to bear the repeat on tribal land in Lemoore, California, became halted after broadcast companion ESPN and guardian firm Disney intervened.
By hook or by crook, it became moved to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, the attach it turned the main main US sporting occasion to use living since March.
Gaethje, 31, stepped in at the commence of April, and took his probability with a quiet, aloof talk in self belief to resolve the belt and living himself up for a shot at the Russian champion later in 2020.
Gaethje started beautifully and settled into his work in the main two rounds, but became dropped by a huge Ferguson uppercut in the final seconds of round two.
Undeterred, Gaethje persevered to join with remarkable photographs as Ferguson maintained his forward stress and put the worn length in-between champion on wobbly legs with a enormous punch early in round four.
By that time, Gaethje’s staunch, beautiful punches had began to use their toll on a bloodied and bruised Ferguson, and when a stiff jab compelled Ferguson backwards, midway by strategy of the fifth and final round, referee Herb Dean stepped in to pause the competition.
It saw Gaethje awarded the length in-between light-weight belt, but he waved it away, asserting he’s looking ahead to the “true thing,” as he laid out his bear to use on Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout in his next outing.
“Khabib is basically the most racy on the earth,” he acknowledged.
“I’ve been working since I became four for challenges bask in this, and I’m completely gay to reveal america of The united states against Dagestan (Khabib’s dwelling living), or Russia’s most productive. He’s 28-0, and there isn’t any other anguish I need beautiful now. I bear to fight him.”
Cejudo retains his belt, then retires
The night’s co-main occasion saw 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medallist Henry Cejudo successfully protect his UFC bantamweight title against worn champion Dominick Cruz, then produce a shock announcement as he confirmed his retirement from the game.
The 33-year-passe transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2013. His expertise finally saw him produce it to the UFC, the attach he dethroned all-time sizable Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson to resolve the UFC flyweight title.
Cejudo then moved as much as 135 pounds and came from late to defeat Marlon Moraes to bear the bantamweight title and develop to be a UFC ‘champ champ’, but finally relinquished the flyweight belt to focal point on life at his new weight class.
His first title defence came against worn two-time champion Cruz, who became getting back from a three-and-a-half of-year lay-off in a present to reclaim the title.
It became Cejudo whose expertise prevailed on the night as he countered Cruz’s unorthodox footwork with remarkable leg kicks and, after an accidental conflict of heads compelled the fight into a transient stop, he linked with a huge knee that dropped Cruz to the mat.
With the worn champion having a survey to plod support to his toes, Cejudo swarmed his downed opponent and landed 11 unanswered photographs to force referee Keith Petersen to step in and wave off the fight with merely two seconds final in the round.
After his victory, Cejudo acknowledged: “I’m retiring tonight. I’m 33 years passe, I’m completely gay with my profession. Uncle Dana (White, UFC president), I bear to voice thank you for all the pieces, you’re the man. All and sundry right here, thank you so remarkable.”U