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UFC on ESPN+ 16 live results: Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 16: Cowboy vs. Gaethje, emanating from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Octagon returns to Vancouver for the first time in over three years with an exciting lightweight main event featuring two of the most action packed fighters in the sport.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone makes his fourth appearance in 2019 as he takes on Justin Gaethje in the five-round main event bout that has fans excited. Cerrone is coming off a loss to Tony Ferguson in June, but makes the quick turnaround as he looks to get himself back into the title picture. Gaethje has won two straight fights and is coming off an exciting knockout win over Edson Barboza in March.

In the co-main event, it will be a light heavyweight battle as former title challenger Glover Teixeira looks for his third straight win against Nikita Krylov. Also on the main card is the return of Todd Duffee, who fights for the first time in over four years, against Jeff Hughes in heavyweight action, exciting welterweight Michel Pereira takes on short-notice replacement Tristan Connelly, and middleweights Uriah Hall and Antonio Carlos Junior do battle.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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> Kyle Prepolec (12-6, 0-1 UFC) vs. Austin Hubbard (10-3, 0-1 UFC)
Lightweights

Both guys throwing a lot of leg kicks early. Prepolec nails Hubbard with a hard left cross that the crowd pops for. It should be noted that Prepolec is Canadian and a clear crowd favourite. Nice head kick from Prepolec. Nice punch exchange with both guys landing good shots at 2:30. Both guys land nice punch/kick combos that end with hard body kicks. Hubbard doing a good job evading the punches of Prepolec late in the round and landing more of his own shots as well. Prepolec rocks Hubbard with a shot at the buzzer. 10-9 Prepolec

Nice high kick from Prepolec 30 seconds into the second. Hubbard landing leg kicks. Hubbard stuffed on a takedown attempt but keeps at it and completes at 1:30. Prepolec up quickly. Hubbard controlling the back standing. Prepolec breaks free at 2:00. Prepolec starting to miss on most of his punches after the takedown. Hubbard gets another takedown at 3:00 and lands some nice elbows to the head. Hubbard with knees to the body as he moves into half guard. Hard punches to the head while he blocks the arms of Prepolec. Hubbard with more punches and elbows to the head. Prepolec with a 42-37 advantage in significant strikes landed but Hubbard with a big advantage in the 2nd and continuing to do damage on the ground as the round ends. Hubbard actually punching his own leg at times so perhaps getting tired. 10-9 Hubbard, 19-19Both corners tell their fighter that it's 1-1 and that they need this round. Hubbard iwth a takedown attempt early but Prepolec blocks it. Prepolec with a standing guillotine 30 seconds in but gives it up quickly. Prepolec with an elbow to the head on the way out. Nice punch combo from Prepolec backs up Hubbard. Hubbard gets a takedown at 1:00. Hubbard controlling the back on the ground as Prepolec is trying to stand. Hubbard landing punches to the head while maintaining back control. Hubbard continuing to land a ton of punches to the head that aren't doing damage but preventing Prepolec from getting up. Crowd booing at 3:00, maybe just because their favourite can't do anything. Head strieks are 19-4 for Hubbard in round 3. Honestly seems like a lot more than that have landed. Prepolec gets to his feet at 4:00 but Hubbard is still on his back. Hubbard slides off and Prepolec stalking him on the feet. Prepolec misses a spinning back fist and then blocks a takedown. Prepolec with a weak front choke attempt as the clock

is winding down. 10-9 Hubbard, 29-28 overall

Official result - Austin Hubbard (11-3) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

> Louis Smolka (15-6, 6-6 UFC) vs. Ryan MacDonald (10-1, 0-1 UFC)
Bantamweights

Smolka pushing the pace early and landing punches to the head. Smolka with a nice body punch combo 45 seconds in. MacDonald landing his fair share of punches as well, both to the head and body. Another body punch combo from Smolka at 1:45. Smolka initiates a cage clinch but they break quickly. Great punch combo from Smolka and MacDonald has a welt under his right eye. Smolka continuing to target the body with hard shots and finishing combos with head shots. Smolka with 25 body strikes in the first 3:30. MacDonald goes to the cage clinch but Smolka breaks free with more body shots. Significant strikes are 49-16 for Smolka through 4:30. MacDonald backs up after a nice punch combo from Smolka. Smolka with a knee to the body and more punches and then a right cross to the head and MacDonald is down on his back and the ref steps in to stop it right away. 

Official result - Louis Smolka (16-6) by TKO (punches) at 4:43

Smolka says he feels much better at 135 and not having to cut so much weight. He put over his camp for helping prepare him this fight. 

> Chas Skelly (17-4, 6-4 UFC) vs. Jordan Griffin (17-6, 0-1 UFC)
Featherweights

Griffin with the first punch combo landed 30 seconds in. Skelly follows up with a takedown and takes the back on the ground. Skelly with a rear naked choke but Griffin fights it off. Skelly with a body lock though and in complete control on the ground. Skelly with punches to the head as he attempts to set up another choke. Skelly with punches to the body as well. Griffin to his feet but Skelly still on his back and secures a standing neck crank. Skelly drags him back to the mat while still holding on to the choke. Griffin works him to guard but Skelly still holding on to the choke. Griffin escapes and sweeps in to top position at 4:00. Skelly with a triangle attempt from his back. Both to their feet and Griffin landing hard punches. Griffin with a punch/kick combo at 4:45. Skelly looks really tired. 10-9 Skelly

Griffin advancing to start and stuffs an early takedown attempt. Griffin with a nice punch/kick combo that rocks Skelly at 45 seconds. Skelly throwing wild punches that are mostly missing but even when they land, they have nothing on them. Griffin backs up Skelly with punches and then gets a takedown. Skelly seems to want to be on the ground though. Griffin into side control at 1:45. Griffin into mount at 2:00 and landing hard punches and elbows. Skelly gives up his back at 2:30. Griffin with a full body lock and landing punches. Skelly to his feet and tries to shake off Griffin but they both end up back on the ground. Skelly sweeps into top position and then takes the back. Skelly working for a rear naked choke at 3:15. Skelly with punches to the head. Griffin to his feet briefly but Skelly drags him back to the ground. Skelly with elbows and punches to the head. Griffin to his feet as the round ends. 10-9 Griffin but close. 19-19

Griffin's corner tells him he's down 2 rounds and he could be. They had similar control time on the ground but Griffin was better on the feet. Griffin advancing to start and landing punches to the head. Skelly with a nice body punch 30 seconds in that seems to hurt Griffin. Skelly with a takedown at 1:00 but Griffin with a Guillotine choke on the way in. Skelly escapes but Griffin with a Triangle attempt. Skelly escapes that at 1:30 and takes the back, securing the body triangle right away. Griffin to his feet and attempts to fall to the ground to shake Skelly off but Skelly hangs on and still controlling the back. Skelly working for choke. Skelly with punches to the head as Griffin is trying to figure out a way to escape. Skelly with a flurry of punches and then secures the neck crank. Griffin fights it off quickly. Griffin finally manages to reverse position with 15 seconds left. Griffin with a choke attempt as the fight ends. 10-9 Skelly, 29-28 overall

Official result - Chas Skelly (18-4) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

> Brad Katona (8-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Hunter Azure (7-0, 0-0 UFC)
Bantamweights

Katona is a Canadian-born winner of The Ultimate Fighter, so well known by this crowd and he gets a huge reaction. Katona with early Octagon control. Azure with a hard leg kick early. Azure drops Katona with a hard right but he gets up and shoots for a takedown. Katona ends up in control of a cage clinch. Nothing happening in the clinch but the ref not even warning them to improve. He finally does at 2:30 after almost 2 minutes. They break on their own at 2:45. Azure throwing kicks to the body and legs. Katona with another takedown attempt at 3;45 and in control of a cage clinch again. Katona takes the back standing at 4:30 but Azure works him back to front position quickly. Crowd getting restless. They break before the buzzer and Katona lands a combo. 10-9 Katona but tough to score 

Azure lands a hard shot early that rocks Katona but he seems to recover quickly. Azure lands a punch combo as Katona moves in for a takedown and gives it up. Nice punch combo from Azure at 2:15 but Katona follows that with a takedown. Azure up quickly but Katona controlling a cage clinch. Katona gets him down again at 3:15. Azure up quickly again but Katona controlling his back standing. Azure works him to front position but Katona controlling the cage clinch. Katona bleeding from his nose but still controlling Azure in the last minute. Katona with punches to the ead as he maintains control. Another close round, 10-9 Katona, 20-18

Katona's corner seems confident that 5 more mintues of work will secure him a win. Azure controlling the pace early in round 3. Katona is landing some nice counter strikes early in the 3rd. Right cross from Azure connects nicely 1:00 in. Azure landing some hard jabs but Katrona doesn't seem to affected by them. Katona bleeding heavily from the nose midway through the third. Katona with a flash takedown at 2:45 but Azure up without taking any damage. Azure with a 25-24 advantage in significant strikes landed but Katona has thrown far less so it appears that Azure has a bigger advantage on his feet than he does. Katona defends a takedown attempt at 3:30 and another a few seconds late. Katona lands a takedown at 4:00 and takes the back quickly. Katona working for a rear naked choke and landing punches to the head. Katona with a full body lock. Azure to his feet and shakes off Katona, landing in top position. 10-9 Azure but another close round. 29-28 Katona 

Official result - Hunter Azure (8-0) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 30-27)

> Cole Smith (7-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Miles Johns (9-0, 0-0 UFC)
Bantamweights

Cole Smith is not just Canadian but from suburban Vancouver and the biggest crowd favourite of the night so far. Johns actually asked for this fight after winning on the Contender series. Smith goes to the cage clinch but Johns reverses position 15 seconds in. Smith breaks free and back to the clinch on the other side of the Octagon. Smith takes the back standing at 1:00. Smith with the full body lock so Johns is carrying his full weight. Smith trying to secure a rear naked choke while maintaining control. Johns breaks the body lock at 2:45 but Smith still on his back. Smith gets the body lock back at 3:15. Johns breaks it again very quickly and Smith is almost off of his back. Johns works him back to front position at 3:45. Smith had over 2 minutes of back control but did no damage. Smith with knees to the legs and head at 4:30. Johns breaks free but Smith lands  a punch combo. 10-9 Smith

Johns' corner told him he gave away the first round and he starts round 2 with an immediate takedown. Smith attempting to tie him up with a body lock but Johns landing punches to the head and body from top position. Johns breaks the body lock . Smith uses the cage to get to his feet at 1:45. Smith takes the back and takes Johns down, immediately securing a body triangle. Smith working for a rear naked choke. Johns spins into top position at 4:00 and breaks the body lock. Johns with punches to the body as Smith tries to get the body lock back. Johns into half guard after landing more punches. 10-9 Johns, 19-19

Johns' corner tells him that because they are in Smith's hometown, they could've lost round 2. Both guys come out firing in round 3 with Smith leading the way and landing the harder shots. Smith with a takedown attempt stuffed at 45 seconds. Jones with a front choke attempt while defending and also lands elbows to the head. Smith wsa cut somewhere and bleeding pretty heavily. Johns trying to get the ref to break up the clinch but he's not even warning Smith. Ref finally says to work at 2:15 after more complaining from Johns. Johns with knees to the head while Smith continues to control the clinch. They break on their own at 2:45. Nice punch combo from Johns at 3:00. Jones with another after eating a nice right cross from Smith. Johns knocks him down but lets him up. May have been a slip. Smith with another takedown attempt blocked by Johns at 3:30. Smith falls almost on his face while attempt a takedown at 4;15. Smith throwing weak kicks that are missing badly and eats a punch combo at 4:30. Smith still moving forward though. Another takedown attempt at 4:45 from Smith. 10-9 Johns, 29-28 overall

Official result - Miles Johns (10-0) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

> Marcin Tybura (#14, 17-5, 4-4 UFC) vs. Augusto Sakai (#15, 13-1-1, 2-0 UFC)
Heavyweights

Tybura throwing kicks early. Sakai with punches that are just missing until he connects with a hard shots against the cage and Tybura is rocked. Sakai just continues to pour on the punches until Tybura goes down and the ref steps in to stop it quickly. 

Official result - Augusto Sakai (14-1-1) by TKO (punches)

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> Misha Cirkunov (#15, 14-5, 5-3 UFC) vs. Jimmy Crute (10-0, 2-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Cirkunov is kind of Canadian as he fought his early career on the Canadian regional scene here and now fights out of Toronto. Cirkunov throwing hard kicks to start and then gets a powerful takedown 15 seconds in. Cirkunov landing punches to the head as he tries to advance. Cirkunov into half guard after attempting a crucifix. Cirknov into side control at 1:30. Cirkunov with punches to the head and elbows to the body as he moves into mount at 2:15. Crute escapes and reverses position but Cirkunov to his feet. Crute with elbows to the head and then gets a takedown. Cirkunov reverses and takes the back but Crutes fights him off and takes Cirkunov down, ending up in his guaard. Cirkunov bleeding from around his left eye. Crute laying in with hammer fists and elbows but Cirkunov sweeps into top position. Cirkunov with an arm-in guillotine and transitions to a Peruvian necktie and gets the tap. Great performance and the crowd explodes.

Official result - Misha Cirkunov (15-5) by submission (Peruvian necktie) at 3:38junio

Cirkunov says he'd like to fight Corey Anderson, who called him out a few years ago. 

> Uriah Hall (#12, 14-9, 7-7 UFC) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (#13, 10-3 1 NC, 7-3 1 NC UFC)
Middleweights

Junior pushing the action early and attempts a takedown 30 seconds in. They end up against the cage with Junior in control and he completes the takedown at 45 seconds. Junior takes the back and Hall gets to his feet. Junior still on his back and setting up a choke. Junior is cut and bleeding, not sure how but the blood is pouting all over the body of Hall. Looks like a broken nose so Hall landed a shot somewhere in the opening sequence. Nothing happening as Junior has a body lock but not even attempting to throw strikes and Hall content to just stand there. He finally shakes off at 2:30 and pushing the pace on the feet. Hall targeting the nose with jabs and defends a takedown at 3:00. Crowd reacting every time Hall lands a jab to the face. Junior backs up Hall after landing punches and they are back in a cage clinch at 4:00. Junior takes him down at 4:15. 10-9 Junior but a tough round to score

Hall controlling the pace early in round 2 and landing jabs. Junior attempts a takedown 30 seconds in but Hall defends it. Another takedown attempt by Junior and they end up in a cage clinch. Junior with knees to the legs from the clinch. Hall escapes at 2:30 and then lands a punch combo. Junior is down. Hall all over him landing punches. Junior throws up a triangle. Hall breaks it and continuing to land punches and elbows. Hall backs off and forces Junior up. Junior attempts a takedown at 3:00 and they end up in a cage clinch. Junior takes the back standing at 4:00. Hall works him to front position at 4:30. Hall breaks free. Hall pushing forward with punches as the round ends. 10-9 Hall, 19-19

Hall opens with a jab and a spinning back kick that the crowd loves. Hall with a 34-15 advantage in significant strikes landed. Junior takes the back standing and pulls Hall to the ground with a full body lock. It will be very difficult for Hall to break this. Crowd booing at 1:45 as Junior not doing anything on the ground but he does have position and the ref can't really break it. Junior with punches to the body at 2:30. Loud boos from the crowd at 3:00 as Junior isn't even trying a submission. Ref does warn them at 3:15 to work. Hall throws up a couple of punches behind his head and Junior answers back with more. Junior with a neck crank at 4:00 but Hall fights it off. Hall looked close to spinning out briefly but Junior secures position. Hall throws more punches right before the buzzer. 10-9 Junior, 29-28 overall

Official result - Uriah Hall (15-9) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

It all comes down to how you scored the first so it could've gone either way, like a lot of the fights tonight. Hall said that he and Carlos Junior are good friends and it sucks to punch your friend in the face but he thanked him for a great fight. Hall was disappointed in his own performance and wished he would've done more. Hall wants Israel Adesanya and the crowd reacted like "ya, right" to that callout. He then said he'd take whoever the UFC gave him, which is probably more realistic. 

> Michel Pereira (23-9 2 NC, 1-0 UFC) vs. Tristan Connelly (13-6, 0-0 UFC)
Welterweights* (Pereira missed weight by 1 pound)

Pereira is the biggest favourite on the card in terms of betting lines and impressed in his first UFC show. He opens with a Superman punch off the fences and then does a couple of back flips, does a Showtime kick off the cage and then misses a spinning back kick. Connelly attempts a takedown at 1:00 and they end up in a cage clinch. Should mention that Pereira was breakdancing during the ring intros and all the way to the cage. They separate after Connelly lands an elbow to the head. Rolling Thunder from Pereira and then a flying knee. Knees to the body from Pereira. Another flyiing knee to the head by Pereira. Straight punch combo from Pereira. Pereira with a takedown. Pereira stands up at 2:45. Connelly takes hiim down right away. Crowd explodes for that. Connelly landing some nice punches while Pereira tries to tie him up. Connelly into half guard after an attempted guillotine from Pereira. Connelly into mount but Pereira escapes and to his feet. Connelly chasing him down. Punch combo from Pereira, who looks very tired. Connelly with a punch/elbow combo at 4:45. Connelly takes him down with a guillotine attempt. 10-9 Connelly

No games from Pereira coming out for the second. Crowd is singing the OLE song for Connelly. Pereira blocks a takedown attempt 30 seconds in and secures a D'Arce choke but Connelly escapes. Pereira with a punch combo, targeting the body, at 1:00. Punch/knee combo from Pereira at 1:45. They clinch up on the cage but Connelly punches out of it and the crowd is going nuts. Pereira with a knee to the body but Connelly fires back with more punches. Pereira is moving in slow motion. Takedown from Pereira at 2:45. Pereira with light punches to the body and head. Connelly throwing elbows from the bottom. Connelly with a Kimura attempt from the bottom at 4:00. Pereira escapes but more elbows to the head from Connelly. Ref warns them to work at 4:15. 10-9 Pereira, but close, 19-19 overall

Punch/kick combo from Connelly 14 seconds in. Pereira stuffs a takedown attempt and ends up controlling a cage clinch. Connellyt brings him down with a guillotine choke. Pereira frantically fights it off and they are both to their feet. Connelly with a body punch combo and Pereira is exhausted. Pereira misses a takedown attempt and Connelly ends up on top. Connelly not doing much damage but looking to advance position. Ref warns them to work at 2:30. Crowd going crazy for Connelly, who is from Vancouver and the biggest underdog on the card. Knees to the body from Connelly at 3:15. Punches to the head from Connelly. Significant head strikes are 34-16 for Connelly. Hard knees to the body from Connelly at 4:00. Connelly with hard punches to the head as he tries to advance at 4:15. Ref warns them to work again at 4:30. Connelly reigning down hard punches at 4:45. 10-8 Connelly, 29-27 overall

Official result - Tristan Connelly (14-6) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27 x 2)

Could barely hear the post-fight interview as the crowd loved this guy. He said he'd do much better on six days notice (took the fight on five days notice). Says that Michel Pereira got tired walking to the Octagon and that was his downfall. Great moment for the hometown fans. 

> Todd Duffee (9-3, 3-2 UFC) vs. Jeff Hughes (10-2, 0-1 UFC)
Heavyweights

Duffee with a punch combo at 30 seconds against the cage. Duffee with a takedown attempt and ends up controlling a cage clinch at 45 seconds. He comples the takedown but Hughes right up. Duffee still controlling him. Knee/punch combo as they break from Duffee. Hughes answers with a nice right that rocks Duffee. Duffee with a nice punch combo and Hughes is reeling a bit. Duffee clinches on the cage again at 1;45. Hughes takes control at 2:15 and they separate. Both land hard punches to the head and Dufee is cut under his right eye. Hughes tries a takedown but stuffed and Duffee controlling a cage clinch. Hughes breaks free and lands some nice punches. Duffee bleeding heavily from the cut under his eye. Duffee with a punch combo and Hughes down. Duffee all over him with punches. Hughes up, barely, and Duffee teeing off on him. Hughes is landing some punches as well but is barely standing. Duffee clinches up again and he's bleeding under both eyes now. They separate and Duffee complaining about an eye poke and the ref stops it. Ref warns him about grabbing the fence on the break and threatens to take a point if he does it again. Ref asks hiim if he's okay and he says no. He asks if he has time and the ref calls in a doctor. Duffee clearly seems like he doesn't want to fight. Duffee tells the doctor that he's seeing double and the ref calls the fight off. 

Official result - NO CONTEST

Once the fight was called off,, it was up to the ref to determine whether the foul was intentional and he said it wasn't, so it's a no contest. 

> Glover Teixeira (#9, 29-7, 12-5 UFC) vs. Nikita Krylov (#13, 25-6, 7-4 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Teixeira pushing the pace to start. Teixeira with a takedown 30 seconds in. Krylov tying him up on the ground. Teixiera was cut during the knockdown and bleeding slightly. Teixeira lands some punches to the head to open up space at 1:30. Teixeira takes the back at 1:45 and has a full body lock. Teixeira landing punches to the head to set up a choke. Hard punches from Teixeira and Krylov barely blocking them. Krylov to his feet and Teixeira on his back but Krylov shakes him off and ends up on top, in full mount. Teixeira gives up his back and then escapes to his feet. Krylov still controlling his body and secures a rear naked choke. Krylov gives it up and Teixeira ends up on top and they both go to their feet at 4:00. Teixeira with a takedown attempt blocked and then he rocks Krylov with a kick. Teixeira bleeding from his forehead and under his right eye. Nice punch combo from Teixeira rocks Krylov with 10 seconds left. Krylov fires back with punches right before the buzzer. 10-9 Teixeira

Nice punch exchange to start the round. Teixeira again controlling the pace. Teixeira with a takedown attempt after catching a kick and then lands a punch after giving it up. Krylov throwing more kicks in this round. Teixeira with a nice punch combo and Krylov running away from him. Krylov blocks a takedown attempt and lands a nice head kick. Significant head strikes are 20-11 for Teixeira. Teixeira with a nice punch combo at 3:00. Teixeira hurts him with a hard body kick at 3:30. Krylov with a nice punch combo at 4:00. Krylov blocks another takedown attempt and they end up in a cage clinch with Krylov in control. Teixeira with hard elbows to the head but Krylov secures a takedown with 30 seconds left. Teixeira actually landed more from his back but not very hard shots. Close round, 10-9 Teixeira, 20-18

Texieira again controlling the Octagon to start the third. Teixeira takes him down with a guillotine 30 seconds in. Krylov escapes and ends up in top position at 45 seconds. Teixeira gives up his back to get to his feet and then flips Krylov off of him and ends up in top position himself. Punches to the head and body from Teixeira as he maintains top position. Krylov escapes and to his feet at 2:30 and controlling a cage clinch. Teixeira with elbows to the head while defending a takedown. More elbows from Teixeira at 3:00. Ref warns them to work. Teixeira with a 39-31 advantage in strikes landed and 8-0 in the 3rd. Krylov with a takedown at 3:45. Krylov with elbows to the head and body. Teixeira throwing light punches from the bottom. Krylov into side control at 4:30. Teixeira works him back to guard but eats more punches in the process. Teixeira reverses into top position at 4:45 and ends the fight on top. Another close round. 10-9 Teixeira, 30-27 overall

Official result - Glover Teixeira (30-7) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

That was the 3rd win of 2019 for Teixeira at 39 years old. He says that the fans need to respect all of the old guys like he, DC and Urijah Faber. He asked for a fight on the Sao Paulo card later this year. 

> Donald Cerrone (#4, 35-12 1 NC, 23-9 UFC) vs. Justin Gaethje (#5, 20-2, 3-2 UFC)
Lightweights

Gaethje throwing leg kicks early. Loud COWBOY chants from the crowd from the outset. Punch combo from Cerrone at 1:00. Gaethje continuing to score with leg kicks. Great punch exchange at 1:45 with both guys landing hard shots. Punch combo from Gaethje at 2:15. Cerrone with a punch combo at 2:45. Gaethje answers right back with a similar combo. Gaethje moves inside for some punches, including a nice uppercut at 3:30. Gaethje drops Cerrone  at 4:15. Cerrone not fighting back and Gaethje continues to punch and the ref stops it. Cerrone immediately up and protesting but it was a good stoppage and if anything, it was late. 

Official result - Justin Gaethje (21-2) by TKO (punches) at 4:18

Gaethje says it was hard to fight a friend. He used some coarse language and told the UFC to "fine me out of my bonuses". Cerrone says he loves his job and he'll wake up tomorrow and fight again. They both said they would go out and party now. 

Gaethje didn't want to keep punching Cerrone after he went down and was mad at the ref for not stopping it earlier. Gaethje said he's not interested in fighting Conor because he's retired but wants the winner of Khabib vs Tony Ferguson and says they could fill a stadium and get a million PPV buys. This was his fourth KO win since the start of 2017, the most in his divsion, and he's probably earned a title fight.