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UFC on ESPN 2: Justin Gaethje floors Edson Barboza

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Justin Gaethje (20-2-0) caught Edson Barboza (20-7-0) with a devastating right hand to earn a convincing first round TKO win at UFC on ESPN 2 last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Barboza used his trademark leg kicks in the early going along with strikes but Gaethje ate them and returned fire that then sent the Brazilian on the defensive. A right hand caught Barboza backing up and forced referee Keith Peterson to call the bout at 2:30 of the first frame.

Barboza and Gaethje earned Fight of the Night while Paul Craig and Jack Hermansson earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

In case you missed the prelims:

MARINA RODRIGUEZ DEF. JESSICA AGUILAR VIA UD (29-26, 29-27, 29-27)

DESMOND GREEN DEF. ROSS PEARSON VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:52

KEVIN AGUILAR DEF. ENRIQUE BARZOLA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

KEVIN HOLLAND DEF. GERALD MEERSCHAERT VIA SD (29-27, 28-29, 30-27)

CASEY KENNEY DEF. RAY BORG VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

MARYNA MOROZ DEF. SABINA MAZO VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ALEX PEREZ DEF. MARK DE LA ROSA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

SHEYMON MORAES VS. SODIQ YUSUFF 

WINNER: SODIQ YUSUFF VIA UD (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SODIQ YUSUFF VIA UD

Andrews: Turns out Yusuff had some technique to go with his power. Good win.

PAUL CRAIG VS. KENNEDY NZECHUKWU 

WINNER: PAUL CRAIG VIA SUBMISSION R3 4:20

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KENNEDY NZECHUKWU VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought Kennedy would get to Craig, but good work by Craig to get the fight to the ground.

KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VS. MICHELLE WATERSON 

WINNER: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: As expected, Waterson took the fight to the ground and neutralized the striking of KK. Good win.

JOSH EMMETT VS. MICHAEL JOHNSON 

WINNER: JOSH EMMETT VIA KO (PUNCH) R3 4:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIHCAEL JOHNSON VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Big win for Josh!

DAVID BRANCH VS. JACK HERMANSSON

WINNER: JACK HERMANSSON VIA SUBMISSION R1 0:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JACK HERMANSSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Hermansson had some business to take care of and took care of it quickly.

MAIN EVENT

#6 EDSON BARBOZA VS. #8 JUSTIN GAETHJE 

WINNER: JUSTIN GAETHJE VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:30

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDSON BARBOZA VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Gaethje took the best of Barboza and went through him. Impressive.

@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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