Pros react after Justin Gaethje KO’s Edson Barboza at UFC Philadelphia

By Chris Taylor - March 30, 2019

A key lightweight bout between perennial division contenders Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza headlined tonight’s UFC Philadelphia event.

Justin Gaethje

Gaethje entered tonight’s main event on the heels of a first round knockout victory over James Vick at UFC Lincoln.

As for Barboza, the feared Brazilian striker had most recently competed at UFC on FOX 31, where he scored a third round TKO victory over Dan Hooker.

Tonight’s UFC Philadelphia main event was billed as a strikers delight featuring two of the most dangerous finishers in the sport.

Thankfully the fight proved to be everything fight fans had hoped for and likely exceeded some folks expectations.

Barboza and Gaethje started by exchanging low kicks before ultimately throwing caution to wind and throwing heavy leather.

Justin Gaethje would hurt Edson Barboza early, but the Brazilian bravely stood in the pocket and proceed to trade bombs with the former WSOF champion.

Eventually Gaethje would land a big overhand right which sent Barboza crashing to the canvas. No follow up strikes were needed as Edson was already out cold.

The victory marked Gaethje’s second in a row, with both wins coming via first-round knockout.

Check out how the pros reacted to the sensational UFC Philadelphia main event and fight-ending finish below.

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