Take a bow Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje.
In what must surely be crowned fight of the year, Justin Gaethje made a stunning UFC debut by extending his unbeaten record to 18-0 with a second round TKO victory over the #5 ranked Michael Johnson.
Both men battered each other from pillar to post with Gaethje sustaining most of the damage but the former WSOF champion’s gritty style endured two major scares before a uppercut to Johnson’s chin spelt the beginning of the end.
Meanwhile in the co-main event, Jesse Taylor earned his redemption as he quickly took Dhiego Lima’s back after being rocked by a punch in the opening seconds of round two and scored a rear naked choke submission.
Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson via TKO (Round 2, 0:43)
Jesse Taylor def. Dhiego Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 2, 0:43 )
Drakkar Klose def. Marc Diakiese via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jared Cannonier def. Nick Roehrick via TKO (Round 3, 2:08 )
Brad Tavares def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jordan Johnson def. Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Angela Hill def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
James Krause def. Tom Gallicchio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
C.B. Dollaway def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 2, 0:53 )
Gray Maynard def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)