Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was crowned interim lightweight champion when he took out Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC) in the fifth round of the UFC 249 main event, which took place last Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Gaethje earned two bonuses for his efforts, his ninth in just seven UFC bouts. Gaethje battered Ferguson, breaking his orbital bone and inflicting a ton of damage. Ferguson showed incredible heart, taking every shot Gaethje threw at him and kept marching forward. He even stunned Gaethje with a beautiful uppercut at the end of Round 2 but wasn’t able to capitalize and build momentum from there.
You can see Gaethje’s masterclass performance play out in beautiful super-slow motion thanks to the UFC’s “Fight Motion” cameras.
Also featured in UFC 249 “Fight Motion” is UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo’s stoppage win over Dominick Cruz, as well as highlights from many other bouts on the card.