After the almost unparalleled success of UFC on ESPN 1, the UFC are now preparing to serve the ESPN audiences with another great card of fighting. The UFC’s next official ESPN outing will be held on March 30, 109 and is currently title simply as UFC on ESPN 2. However, continuing the trend of putting big name fighters on these ESPN fight cards, the UFC has now announced a huge lightweight match up between two of the most entertaining 155 pound fighters currently on their roster, i.e. Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje. Certain UFC officials confirmed to MMA Junkie that contracts for Barboza vs. Gaethje have already been signed and the two will headline the March 30 card. This has also put Gaethje on a path to create history. Gaethje is set to become only the third UFC fighter in the last 10 years to headline 4 of his first 5 UFC events.
Gaethje being almost on the verge of creating this individual milestone was first noticed by Andrew Davis, ESPN’s Senior Stat Analyst. He took to Twitter and wrote the following:
Justin Gaethje will be the main event for the 4th time in just his 5th UFC fight. In the last 10 years, only Gegard Mousasi and Luke Rockhold have been the main event fight in 4 of their first 5 UFC fights.
Below is the tweet by Davis:
Justin Gaethje will be the main event for the 4th time in just his 5th UFC fight. In the last 10 years, only Gegard Mousasi and Luke Rockhold have been the main event fight in 4 of their first 5 UFC fights. #UFCPhiladelphia
— Andrew Davis (@AndrewRDavis85) January 22, 2019