WATCH: Justin Gaethje Knock Out James Vick With 1 Punch!

If you ask us what the highlight of the UFC Lincoln this year is, we can confirm that it is Justin Gaethje’s Epic 1 Punch KO Win Over James Vick!

Last weekend, the UFC Lincoln went down under the radar thanks to a boxing match between two Youtubers. Moreover, the battle was between two of the most exciting fighters in the lightweight division. In details, this is the 4th time that former WSOF Champion Justin Gaethje fought in the UFC.

Notably, he managed to headline every event he’s taken part in so far. This time, he came off the backs off incredibly exciting defeats to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. As a result, he needs to win to stay on track.

Meanwhile, James Vick was in a weird position. He has gone on a four-fight win streak. However, the UFC didn’t show any desire to promote him any further. Finally, James was given a shot to state his case to the promotion. It didn’t go well.

One Shot KO

The fight started with Vick throwing kicks to Gaethje’s body to try and slow him down. Of course, it didn’t – Gaethje doesn’t back down. Every fight the man fights is an absolute war. He managed to close the distance, and advance force, and then it was all over.

James Vick
Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe, USA TODAY Sports.

Disappointment

For James Vick, this was a massive blow. The guy has been struggling to get top-10 opposition in the past. He is definitely one of those fighters that the UFC don’t mind having around but really don’t want to be a champion. James Vick increased his stock by replacing Al Iaquinta who was expected to fight Gaethje, but getting KOed like that is going to cause a lot of damage.

For Gaethje, this was redemption. He’s been involved in two absolute wars in his last couple of fights, against Alvarez and Poirier. Both matches ended with him being TKOed, and he was thoroughly criticized for not implementing his wrestling more.

Justin Gaethje
 Aug 25, 2018; Lincoln, NE, USA; Justin Gaethje (red gloves) reacts to fight against James Vick (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

 

Callout

After the fight, Gaethje called out the recently-returned Tony Ferguson. El Cucuy is going to fight Anthony Pettis on the main card of UFC 229. However, he is also the first reserve for the Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagamedov match.