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UFC Fight Night 135: Justin Gaethje stuns James Vick with quick KO

Justin Gaethje (19-2-0) used pinpoint striking to take out James Vick (13-2-0) in the main event of Lincoln’s UFC Fight Night 135 Saturday evening.

Vick, who entered the contest with a four-inch height and six-inch reach advantages, stayed on the outside for the most part to utilize his length. But then this happened:

A big Gaethje right hand and a follow-up strike forced referee Marc Goddard to halt the bout 87 seconds into the first round.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

RANI YAHYA DEF. LUKE SANDERS VIA SUBMISSION (HEEL HOOK) R1 1:31

DREW DOBER VS. JON TUCK VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

JOANNE CALDERWOOD DEF. KALINDRA FARIA VIA SUBMISSION (ARM BAR) R1 4:57

MICKEY GALL DEF. GEORGE SULLIVAN VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 1:09

ANDREW SANCHEZ DEF. MARKUS PEREZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

CORY SANDHAGEN DEF. LURI ALCANTARA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:01

JAMES KRAUSE DEF. WARLLEY ALVES VIA TKO (KNEE AND PUNCHES) R2 2:28

MAIN CARD 

ERYK ANDERS VS. TIM WILLIAMS

 

WINNER: ERYK ANDERS VIA TKO R3 4:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION ERYK ANDERS VIA TKO

Andrews: Anders was tested with kicks and takedowns, but he eventually overcame them and got the finish late. Good win.

#6 JOHN MORAGA VS. DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO

 

WINNER: DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 3:08

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHN MORAGA VIA UD

Andrews:  Wow! Deiveson is for real with this impressive performance. He literally broke Moraga down with those bodyshots and takedowns.

JAKE ELLENBERGER VS. BRYAN BARBERENA 

WINNER: BRYAN BARBERENA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRYAN BARBERENA VIA TKO

 

Andrews: I saw Ellenberger knock out Sean Pierson cageside at UFC 126 in Toronto in 2011. His chin and body had taken enough and it was great that he recognized it by retiring afterwards. He had a good career. Good win for Bam Bam.

#11 CORTNEY CASEY VS. ANGELA HILL

 

WINNER: CORTNEY CASEY VIA SD (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION CORTNEY CASEY VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Hill won the fight as Casey wasn’t able to take her down much and though he traded with Hill, Hill got the better exchanges. But she landed too, so it wasn’t a robbery. Good fight, ladies.

MICHAEL JOHNSON  VS. ANDRE FILI

 

WINNER: MICHAEL JOHNSON VIA SD (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE FILI VIA UD

Andrews: A good fight. I was impressed that Johnson caught Fili on the counters and blocked a lot of Fili’s kicks.

MAIN EVENT

#7 JUSTIN GAETHJE VS. #10 JAMES VICK 

 

WINNER: JUSTIN GAETHJE VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 1:27

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMES VICK VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! I really thought Vick was going to do what Justin did, so I have to give credit to him for getting there first. Excellent win.

@kenaiandrews

 

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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