What Gaethje got was his fastest victory yet, knocking Fickett out just 12 seconds into the bout.
“I was ready for the best Drew Fickett,” said Gaethje. “I thought he was going to try to take me down to the ground right away, but I had a really good warm-up with my coaches and I felt like I was going to knock him out.
“I did like a three-punch combo – an uppercut, a left hook and then a right hook – and then I got in like two punches on the ground. He was out for like five minutes, and it was kind of scary. I was really scared for him, so I’m glad to find out that he’s okay.”
For Gaethje, the knockout victory is another step forward in his evolving game.
“That was my first standing knockout on my feet and it feels great,” he said. “Every punch I throw, I throw it as hard as I can, and it’s something I kind of need to work on. My coach sees me spar every day and it’s just too hard for me, I can’t help it, I like to throw bombs in there.
“My game is evolving and getting better every day. I think I work with some of the best guys in the business. With what the coaches are shaping me in to be, it’s going to be good.”
The win over Fickett raises Gaethje’s pro record to 6-0 (13-0 overall), and as he told MMAWeekly.com, after a bit of a slow start, he’s looking to close out 2012 with a bang.
“I took the first part of the year to get ready and now I’m pushing hard and am trying to fight two more times before the end of the year,” he said.
“No matter what’s upcoming, I’m ready for it.”
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest MMA news and updates.
Former WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje made it clear from the moment he announced his UFC deal that he wanted only top competition. Now he’s calling them out by name.Filed under: Featured, News read news >>
A lightweight bout between former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson will serve as the headlining bout for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale event in July.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
A heavyweight matchup between newcomer Junior Albini and veteran Timothy Johnson is headed to UFC on FOX 25.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC veteran Matt Hamill won his first fight in nearly five years this weekend, and he did so in devastating fashion. read news >>
Nik Lentz today announced he’s no longer a part of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., ending a five-year relationship with the famed MMA training center.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Matt Hamill is still competing in professional MMA, and on Friday, “The Hammer” picked up his first win in nearly five years. Filed under: News, Videos read news >>
Now former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje late Wednesday night said his next move is a done deal.Filed under: News, UFC, WSOF read news >>
With the WSOF morphing into the Professional Fighters League, the UFC snatched up another of the promotion's champions, inking a deal with Justin Gaethje. read news >>
The lineup for the UFC’s return to New Zealand in June continues to grow with the addition of another welterweight bout.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale appears to have a women’s bantamweight bout headed for the card, including an unbeaten Invicta FC prospect.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>