Justin Gaethje Wins UFC Interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 249

Justin Gaethje
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Gaethje celebrates after defeating Donald Cerrone in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Rogers Arena on September 14, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

A new king has been crowned in the UFC lightweight division — temporarily. In the main event at UFC 249, Justin Gaethje put on an absolute clinic against Tony Ferguson to earn him the UFC interim lightweight championship.

In front of an empty Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaethje fought an almost flawless fight against the number one ranked lightweight in the world Ferguson. He picked “El Cucuy” apart with punches and well-checked leg kicks.

After bloodying Ferguson up for four and a half rounds, Gaethje stunned the former interim champ with a left hand, followed by another left hand that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the action at the 3:39 mark of the fifth round.

 

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Justin Gaethje is ready for Khabib

Following the fight, Gaethje spoke with UFC commentator Joe Rogan and is excited to fight the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Khabib is the best in the world,” Gaethje said following his UFC 249 victory. “I’ve been working since I was four for challenges like this and I’m happy to represent the United States of America against Dagestan or Russia’s best. He’s 28-0 and there’s no other challenge I want right now, I want to fight him.”

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