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Who won Gaethje vs Barboza?
Justin Gaethje beat Edson Barboza by , during the main event of UFC on ESPN 2, on Saturday 30th March 2019 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Justin Gaethje.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Gaethje vs Barboza stats
Justin Gaethje stepped into the ring with a record of 19 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 16 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Edson Barboza made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Gaethje had a massive power advantage over Barboza, boasting at 84% knock out percentage over Barboza's 0%.
Justin Gaethje was the younger man by 3 years, at 32 years old.
Barboza had 5-inch reach advantage.
Gaethje was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 21 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 2 year and 4 months later than Barboza, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 22 less professional rounds, 52 to Barboza's 74.
Gaethje vs Barboza form
Justin Gaethje had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on 14th September 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada.
Previous to that, he had won against Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135 on 25th August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln.
Before that, he had been beaten by Dustin Poirier at UFC on FOX 29 on 14th April 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
He had lost to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
Barboza had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Makwan Amirkhani at UFC Fight Island 5 on 10th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Dan Ige at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville on 16th May 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Paul Felder at UFC 242 on 7th September 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had been beaten by Justin Gaethje at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States.
He had defeated Dan Hooker at UFC on FOX 31 on 15th December 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, Milwaukee.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Edson Barboza had been fighting more than Justin Gaethje.
Going to this contest, Justin Gaethje had last fought 2 years and 3 days ago, while Edson Barboza's last outing had been 11 months and 7 days ago.
Gaethje's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Barboza's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.