Justin Gaethje Just Ended James Vick With Scariest Knockout of 2018
Ever since his high-profile move to the UFC in 2017, Justin Gaethje has brought his incredibly fan-friendly fighting style to the worlds largest MMA organisation.
The former World Series of Fighting Lightweight Champion earned a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most violent men in all of mixed martial arts.
Despite losing his previous two fights to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, Gaethje demonstrated why he is so beloved by fans.
He took inhuman amounts of punishment in back-and-forth wars en-route to two consecutive fight-of-the-year contenders.
Gaethje was initially scheduled to face Al Iaquinta, however, as a result of “Raging Al’s” ongoing conflict with the UFC over the treatment of fighters Iaquinta withdrew from the fight in June.
The UFC ensured that the main event would still boast some serious star power and substituted in Ultimate Fighter alumn James Vick who had quietly been working his way up the ranks of the ultra-talented UFC lightweight division, earning impressive wins over the likes of Polo Reyes, Joseph Duffey, and Fransico Trinaldo.
Standing 6 foot 3 inches and with a 76-inch reach Vick has an unnaturally large frame at lightweight and he has consistently used his considerable physical attributes to his advantage.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 24, 2018
Unlike the aforementioned opponents though, Gaethje showed before the fight that he had a genuine disdain for Vick in an interview, saying he had “No respect” for “The Texecutioner” Vick.
Both men came into the fight ranked in the top ten of the lightweight division with Gaethje at #7 and Vick at #10.
With the monumental showdown between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov fast approaching at UFC 229, both men came in looking to make a statement about their place in the title picture.
When the two finally stepped into the cage at UFC Fight Night 135 it was Justin that ultimately came out on top.
The two managed to touch gloves beforehand, and the fight lasted barely 3 minutes of before landing one of the scariest knockouts of the year.
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