UFC Philadelphia: Juston Gaethje beats Edson Barboza by knockout

Justin Gaethje celebrates
Justin Gaethje's victory means he now has a record of 20-2-0

Justin Gaethje marked himself out as a contender in the lightweight division with an explosive first-round knockout of Edson Barboza at UFC Philadelphia.

Gaethje's win over the Brazilian was his second knockout victory in a row following back-to-back losses.

"There are five or six guys in front of me, I want every one of them," said the 30-year-old American.

Earlier, Scotland's light-heavyweight Paul Craig beat Nigerian Kennedy Nzechukwu with a late submission.

"We're in the home of Rocky, I had to go for the last-second submission. It's a hard game but I love it," Craig said, 31.

Julian Marquez tweeted to show he was impressed by Justin Gaethje
UFC middleweight Julian Marquez was just one of the fighters impressed by Justin Gaethje's performance

Gaethje's win in the 155lb division in the main event at the Wells Fargo Center left him with a record of 20-2-0.

"I would not recommend this sport to my worst enemy, but I was born and I was bred to do this. And I will do it until the wheels fall off," he said.

In the co-main event, Sweden's Jack Hermansson earned a first-round submission over American David Branch at middleweight.

There were also victories for Josh Emmett, Michelle Waterson and Sodiq Yusuf on the undercard.

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