UFC Vancouver: Cowboy vs. Gaethje took place Sept. 14 at the The Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. UFC lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone (36-13, 1 no-contest) and Justin Gaethje (21-2) battled in the main event, which aired live on ESPN+. Catch more video highlights below.
For more on Gaethje vs. Cerrone, check out the live blog by MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee.
Round 1: Referee Jerin Valel on hand for the evening’s main event. They trade leg kicks to start. Loud “Cowboy” chant early. He backs Gaethje up with a 1-2, but Gaethje returns fire with a glancing left hook. Cerrone ducks out of the way of some Gaethje bombs, he’s utilizing the jab effectively. Gaethje scoring with kicks to the lead leg. Gaethje walks right through a jab, he’s on the hunt. He tags Cerrone with a couple of hooks as they reset in the center of the cage. Neither guy backing down an inch. Inside leg kick by Cerrone, then he counters a leg kick with a jab. Good volume from Cerrone so far. Cerrone also employing a teep to control the distance. Another good kick to the body as Gaethje comes in, his haymakers are falling just short. Some redness on Cerrone’s leg, he’s having to deal with Gaethje’s uppercuts when he gets in close. Counter-right by Gaethje drops Cerrone and he’s on his knees. More follow-up punches, Gaethje looking to Valel to stop it. Eventually, Valel waves it off and neither man is happy. Gaethje thought it was too late, Cerrone too early.
Official result: Justin Gaethje def. Donald Cerrone via first-round TKO (punches) at 4:18 of round one