Justin Gaethje scores first-round knockout win over James Vick

The UFC Lincoln fight poster boasted the knockout prowess of both Justin Gaethje and James Vick, and that was fully on show on Saturday night.

Gaethje has long been accused of unnecessarily getting into back-and-forth wars, but there was no need in his triumphant return to form.

With rival Vick backpedalling, Gaethje landed a crushing overhand right early, which folded the towering Vick as he crashed to the canvas.

There’s a reason why Gaethje is known as “The Highlight.” With that KO, 16 of his 19 wins have come by knockout and he snapped his two-fight losing run in the process.


Michael Johnson edges fight in split decision win over Andre Fili

After suffering three consecutive losses, Michael Johnson is back in the win column with a close split-decision victory over rising featherweight prospect Andre Fili.

Fili’s mixed striking arsenal was constantly met with straight, accurate punches from Johnson as he looks accustomed in his second fight at 145lbs.

Johnson was taken down in the second round and wound up in the tight rear-naked choke of Fili. “The Menace” did well to survive, but Fili looked to be the fighter on top entering the third and final round.

But Johnson rallied and returned fire whenever the fresh-looking Fili threw shots his way – landing better, more impactful strikes.

The decision was a total toss up between the two fighters, but it was Johnson who got the nod in the end.


Bryan Barbarena retires Jake Ellenberger


Eryk Anders starches Tim Williams with head kick KO


James Krause stops Warlley Alves to continue run



Cory Sandhagen beats up Iuri Alcantara in dominant win


Mickey Gall snatches swift submission win over George Sullivan



UFC Lincoln: Gaethje vs. Vick full results

Lightweight: Justin Gaethje defeats James Vick by KO (punch) at 1:27 of round one.

Featherweight: Michael Johnson defeats Andre Fili by split decision after three rounds.

Women’s Strawweight: Cortney Casey defeats Angela Hill by split decision after three rounds.

Welterweight: Bryan Barbarena defeats Jake Ellenberger by TKO (punches) at 2:26 of round one.

Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo defeats John Moraga by TKO (body shot and punches) at 3:08 of round two.

Middleweight: Eryk Anders defeats Tim Williams by KO (head kick) at 4:42 of round three.

Welterweight: James Krause defeats Warlley Alves by TKO (knee and punches) at 2:28 of round two.

Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen defeats Iuri Alcantara by TKO at 1:01 of round two.

Middleweight: Andrew Sanchez defeats Markus Perez by unanimous decision after three rounds.

Welterweight: Mickey Gall defeats George Sullivan by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of round one.

Women’s Flyweight: Joanne Calderwood defeats Kalindra Faria by submission (triangle armbar) at 4:57 of round one.

Lightweight: Drew Dober defeats Jon Tuck by unanimous decision after three rounds.

Bantamweight: Rani Yahya defeats Luke Sanders by submission (heel hook) at 1:31 of round one.