It costs Justin Gaethje just one blow – a huge blow – to get back into the fight in the lightweight division of the UFC.

Gaethje (19-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) eliminated James Vick (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) with a scorching right hand for a brilliant knockout in the first round. The end came to the 1:27 sign of the round.

The lightweight contest was the main event of the UFC Fight Night 135 show at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., And aired on FS1 following preliminaries on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

"This game is ruthless – that would be easy for me now," said Gaethje. "I am the least fake person in this sport, I take everything personally, I personally took everything he said (prior to the fight) and I am glad that I put him to sleep."

Vick fired a kick straight out of the gate and then kicked the body. Vick landed two straight body kicks for 75 seconds, then went upstairs. But a few seconds later, Gaethje landed an absolutely enormous right hand and Vick sank to the canvas.

Gaethje needed only one follow-up punch. The lights of Vick had come out in a big way. Gaethje quickly went to the top of the octagon and did a backflip. Even after Vick returned and sat on a stool, he tried to take Gaethje down when Gaethje came to him to check him, a full 90 seconds after the fight was over.

Gaethje returned to the profit column after losing back-to-back to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Vick had made a winning series of four fights for just the second loss of his career.

The latest UFC Fight Night 135 results include:

  • Justin Gaethje def. James Vick via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:27
  • Michael Johnson def. Andre Fili via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
  • Cortney Casey def. Angela Hill via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Bryan Barberena def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:26
  • Deiveson Figueiredo def. John Moraga via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:08
  • Eryk Anders def. Tim Williams through knockout (head-kick) – Round 3, 4:42
  • James Krause def. Warlley Alves via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 2, 2:28
  • Cory Sandhagen def. Iuri Alcantara via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:01
  • Andrew Sanchez def. Markus Perez through unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mickey Gall def. George Sullivan by entry (choke with naked hands) – Round 1, 1:09
  • Joanne Calderwood def. Kalindra Faria by submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:57
  • Drew Dober def. Jon Tuck through unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Rani Yahya def. Luke Sanders via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:31

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