“I’m sorry it was so short,” Gaethje said.
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Justin Gaethje needed one brutal blow to show why he's called "The Highlight" and stamp himself as a championship contender. Gaethje knocked out Edson Barboza in one of the more electric first-round finishes in recent UFC history to win a pivotal lightweight bout Saturday night.Gaethje (20-2) was the crowd favorite and had 10,000 fans going wild from the moment his entrance music hit the Wells Fargo Center.Gaethje and Barboza exchanged a flurry of blows that brought some of the crowd to their feet.Gaethje rushed Barboza but was quickly waved off by the referee and declared the winner.Gaethje won for the second straight time and said he was ready to fight lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.Gaethje added to his reputation as one of UFC's most exciting fighters after making quick work of Barboza.Michelle Waterson defeated Karolina Kowalkeiwicz by unanimous decision in a 115-pound fight on the ESPN card.UFC 101 in 2009 packed 17,500 fans into the arena for a $3.55 million gate, but interest and ticket sales lagged 10 years later in large part because of a lackluster card.
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