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Justin Gaethje Stops Donald Cerrone In First Round And Wants Shot At Khabib Next

Justin Gaethje Stops Donald Cerrone In First Round And Wants Shot At Khabib Next

The 30-year-old took down the No 4 ranked lightweight and set his sights on the Russian champion next year.

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal

Justin Gaethje set his sights on a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov after sweeping aside Donald Cerrone in Vancouver.

The 30-year-old from Arizona racked up his 21st professional win by stopping Cerrone in a brutal first-round KO.

The UFC Fight Night 158 main event was a meeting between two of the top five ranked lightweights in the world.


Justin Gaethje stopped Donald Cerrone in the first round on Saturday night in Vancouver
Justin Gaethje stopped Donald Cerrone in the first round on Saturday night in Vancouver

And Gaethje wants to go right to the top and fight Khabib next after sweeping past 36-year-old Cerrone.

When asked about a potential next fight against Khabib or Conor McGregor, Gaethje responded: "The Irishman is retired.

"I want a real fighter. I want the winner of Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib."

Nurmagomedov against Ferguson has been mooted for UFC 245 at some point next year although it has yet to be made.


Justin Gaethje won by first-round knockout for the third fight in a row
Justin Gaethje won by first-round knockout for the third fight in a row

Saturday's win in Vancouver was Gaethje's third straight first-round knockout victory.

He flew out the blocks and set the pace early with leg kicks before a big right hand signalled the beginning of the end for Cerrone.

The punch rocked the 36-year-old, who stumbled to the floor and was forced to survive an onslaught from his opponent before getting back to his feet.

The end was near, though, and a few punches later the referee stepped in, giving No 5 ranked lightweight Gaethje the victory.

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Topics: Justin Gaethje, UFC