The fans inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and all the rest watching live on ESPN, were witness to an incredible two-plus minutes of striking action Saturday night at UFC on ESPN 2.
Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza promised to bring it and they did, with Gaethje connecting and ending the fight with a big right-hand. Leg kicks and other potentially fight-ending strikes were landed, but it was the former World Series of Fighting champion coming out the winner.
The card also featured Jack Hermansson submitting David Branch and Josh Emmett finishing Michael Johnson.
Complete UFC on ESPN 2 results can be found below:
Justin Gaethje def. Edson Barboza via KO (strike) at 2:30 of Round 1
Jack Hermansson def. David Branch via submission (guillotine choke) at :49 of Round 1
Josh Emmett def. Michael Johnson via KO (strike) at 4:14 of Round 3
Michelle Waterson def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Craig def. Kennedy Nzechukwu via submission (triangle choke) at 4:20 of Round 3
Sodiq Yusuff def. Sheymon Moraes via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Marina Rodriguez def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-27, 29-27)
Desmond Green def. Ross Pearson via TKO (strikes) at 2:52 of Round 1
Kevin Aguilar def. Enrique Barzola via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kevin Holland def. Gerald Meerschaert via split decision (29-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Casey Kenney def. Ray Borg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Maryna Moroz def. Sabina Mazo via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Perez def. Mark De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)