Justin Gaethje scored his second straight knockout victory Saturday, punching Edson Barboza to the canvas midway through Round 1 of the UFC Philadelphia main event.
As he often does, “The Highlight” came out swinging, finally catching his opponent with a decisive right-hand blow.
After the match, the eighth-ranked Gaethje requested a top-five lightweight opponent in his next bout, adding some flare for the crowd.
“I would not recommend this sport to my worst enemy, but I was born and I was bred to do this,” he said in his postfight interview, according to. “And I will do it till the wheels fall off.”
Gaethje hasn’t let a match go to the judges since Nov. 2014 when he was fighting in what was then the World Series of Fighting promotion. His performance in the City of Brotherly Love earned praise from Conor McGregor, among others.
Barboza, meanwhile, suffered his third loss in four fights. It was a disappointing outcome for the Brazilian, who entered the bout looking to build on his December win over Dan Hooker.
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