Justin Gaethje is the New UFC Interim Lightweight Champ

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It was a long awaited return for combat sports last night with the airing of UFC 249, which featured a main event fight between Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje 22W 2L, and Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 25W 4L, for the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship. It was a grueling slug fest between both competitors from the beginning of the first round. Both fighters were light on their feet; Gaethje was loading up, dropping bombs early but Ferguson kept moving forward and was also landing good shots. Gaethje landed so many shots which would’ve taken out any other competitor, but he was fighting a zombie in Ferguson, that just kept coming. In between rounds, Gaethje’s coach asked him to turn it down about ten percent; didn’t want him loading up and trying to take his head off with every shot. This advise changed the fight dramatically and Gaethje eventually started to find more of a rhythm. Neither fighter wanted to go to the ground as this turned out to be a stand and bang festival for the entire five rounds. Gaethje was able to secure the win by TKO stoppage at 03:39of the fifth and final round, after a beautiful combination of punches. Ferguson took more shots, and withstood more punishment, than any of Gaethje’s past opponents. Ferguson’s face was dismantled by the time the referee called the fight at 03:39 of the fifth, and no one was there to argue the stoppage. Now the question remains whats next for the new interim champion, Justin Gaethje? It’s obvious there’s now a UFC Lightweight Championship that is in need of unification.