Justin Gaethje proved why he's one of the most feared fighters in the world, battering Tony Ferguson for nearly 25-minutes en route to a stoppage in the fifth round. Ferguson never went down, but referee Herb Dean decided he had taken enough damage with just over a minute left in the fight. With the victory, Gaethje is the new interim UFC Lightweight Champion, setting up a future date with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Here's how fighters reacted to Gaethje's powerful performance.
No comment.— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 10, 2020
What a fight #UFC249 have a good night everybody --— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) May 10, 2020
Oh so that’s why mcgregor doesn’t want to fight Justin— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 10, 2020
The heart that Tony is is unbelievable #UFC249— Randa Markos (@randamma) May 10, 2020
Styles truly make match ups ... Thank you to Justin and Tony for an incredible fight ------------------------— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 10, 2020
One of the sickest performances I have ever seen. #ufc249— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) May 10, 2020
Damn, beat that man like he broke into the wrong house— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 10, 2020
Tony Ferguson is a monster wow Granite Chin #UFC249— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) May 10, 2020
THAT was a good stoppage. #ufc249— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) May 10, 2020
I Told Everyone this was going to happen a month ago, they called me a hater— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) May 10, 2020
@Justin_Gaethje it was so impressive, congratulations. Very smart fight.— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 10, 2020
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