UFC Vancouver: Gaethje Defeats Cerrone, What's Next for Both?

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Vancouver, B.C.--- The UFC returned to Vancouver tonight with a main event slugfest between two of the most dangerous strikers in MMA; Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje. The fight didn’t last too long as Gaethje defeated Cerrone by TKO at 4:18 of the first round, to get one step closer to a title shot in arguably the top division in the UFC.


Gaethje immediately began throwing leg kicks and after a few exchanges back and forth exchanges, he connected with a right-hand that dropped Cerrone before hitting a few more punches until the referee stopped the fight.


For years, both fighters have made a name for themselves with their high-volume standup fighting styles, which has led to many post-fight bonuses. In fact, Cerrone currently holds the records for most post-fight performance bonuses in UFC history (18), most finishes in UFC history (16), and most wins in UFC history (23).


This was a significant win for Gaethje as it was his third straight first round KO/TKO victory in a row; he defeated James Vick and Edson Barbosa by KO and Donald Cerrone by TKO. With the win, Gaethje makes a strong argument that he should be next in line for a title shot against either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson when they eventually meet in the octagon.


During Gaethje’s post-fight interview, Daniel Cormier asked Gaethje if we could see him fight an Irishman in the future, referring to former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. Gaethje didn’t seem interested in the potential bout because he considers McGregor to be retired and wants to fight for the title.


A matchup between Gaethje and McGregor would be an interesting one in that both  are primarily stand-up fighters and it would allow the promotion with more time to build up both the Lightweight Championship fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson as well as the number one contender fight between Gaethje and McGregor.


The fight would also be interesting to see considering both of Gaethje’s UFC losses came against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirer, who have both been defeated by McGregor in the past.


Regardless of what Gaethje does next, he showed why he is one of the most dangerous and entertaining fighters in the UFC.




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