UFC Fighters React To The Gaethje vs. Johnson Fight Of The Year Candidate

The UFC now has a top contender for its fight of the year.

On Friday, Justin Gaethje made his UFC debut in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale.

Gaethje fought UFC lightweight contender Michael Johnson in a fight that had everyone on the edge of their seats.

The fight started with both men landing devastating strikes. Both fighters had moments where it seemed they may be close to finishing their opponent.

In the second round, Johnson appeared to get the better of Gaethje in the beginning of the round, but as the round went on Gaethje gained momentum. Eventually, Gaethje dropped Johnson with brutal combinations of shots. He then began pummeling Johnson up against the cage, which forced the referee to step in and stop the fight.

Now undefeated with 18 wins, Gaethje has gone from being a lightweight prospect to a contender in the division.

Below, you can see how fighters reacted to the newest contender in the UFC lightweight division.