On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, the UFC returned to Vancouver for UFC on ESPN+ 16.
In one of the most exciting main events of the year, a lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje will close the show.
Cerrone recently had his three fight winning streak snapped by Tony Ferguson at UFC 238 in a fight that lived up to the expectations. Unfortunately, the cage side doctor stopped the bout due to an eye injury to “Cowboy”, who entered the bout following wins over Mike Perry, Alex Hernandez and Al Iaquinta.
Gaethje has finished his last two fights in less than a combined four minutes, picking up opening round knockouts of James Vick and Edson Barbosa. “The Highlight” had the MMA community breathing a collective sigh of relief after revealing he almost had to withdraw from Saturday’s headliner with an eye infection. Gaethje has been cleared and the highly anticipated headliner will go on as scheduled.
It’s about to go down in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bruce Buffer does the fight justice with his introduction and the wait is all over. They touch gloves and meet in the middle. Leg kicks early from Gaethje as expected. They trade short punches and settle back. Gaethje throws big shots, Cerrone ducks under. “Cowboy” with a combination. Leg kick from Gaethje and they begin throwing heaters at each other. Leg kick from Gaethje, checked by Cerrone. Right hand from Cerrone, answered by Gaethje. They exchange, Gaethje gets the better of it. Leg kick from Gaethje. Halfway through the round and they trade leg kicks. Combination from Cerrone lands, capped off with a short uppercut. Under two minutes to go in the round, Cerrone lands a body kick. Left hand by “Cowboy”, Gaethje answers with a hard left hook. Leg kick from Gaethje, Cerrone counters. Another leg kick from Gaethje. Final minute of the round and they exchange. Gaethje drops Cerrone with a big right hand and “Cowboy” is hurt. Gaethje is looking at the referee to stop it, he lands a couple more punches and the referee stops it. Cerrone is livid at the stoppage.
IT'S OVER! 😱
— UFC (@ufc) September 15, 2019