Don’t count out Justin Gaethje just yet.
After dubbing himself the most entertaining fighter in the UFC, the former interim lightweight champion made good on his words in UFC 286’s co-main event, taking home a majority decision win over Rafael Fiziev after one of the wildest fights of 2023.
Check out reaction from the MMA world to Gaethje’s handiwork below.
Gotta love @Justin_Gaethje !!! What a great fight by both guys but I got justin winning that. #UFC286— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 18, 2023
He is the most entertaining fighter in the world— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 18, 2023
Crazy uppercuts by @Justin_Gaethje #ufc286— Aleksandar Rakic (@rakic_ufc) March 18, 2023
Batshit insane fight as we knew it would be. That fight alone was already worth the cost of the ppv. Both are so good and so exciting. #UFC286— Tanner Boser (@BulldozerBoser) March 18, 2023
Justin gaethje is MUST SEE TV #UFC286— Billy Quarantillo (@BillyQMMA) March 18, 2023
What a fight!!!! #UFC286— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) March 18, 2023
If this isn’t fight of the night. Oh. My. Goodness. This fight card has been incredible— Ode' ⭕️sbourne (@OdeOsbourne) March 18, 2023
Fight of the night these savages need double bonuses for that— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) March 18, 2023
What a fight! Justin took that! Dude doesn’t slow down!— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) March 18, 2023
Give these guys 50k #UFC286— Thiago Moisés (@ThiagoMoisesMMA) March 18, 2023
Competitive fight! Congrats @Justin_Gaethje ! They all counted you out! You’re a warrior! I never doubted you bro! #UFC286— Cody Durden (@Cody_Durden) March 18, 2023
Thank you gents for not disappointing #UFC286 #comain— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) March 18, 2023
Thank you boys! Thank you! Wow!!! #UFC286— Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) March 18, 2023
Fotn as we expected!!! Good stuff gentlemen— Brandon (@brandonroyval) March 18, 2023
What. A. Fight.! That constant pressure from Fiziev was AMAZING! Staying in there with a beast like Gaethje who just kept staying tenacious. Respect to both! #UFC286— Nicolas “Danish Dynamite” Dalby (@DalbyMMA) March 18, 2023
That’s gotta be FOTN what a scrap— Justin Tafa (@justin_tafa) March 18, 2023
Congrats to Justin— Jalin Turner (@JalinTurner) March 18, 2023
Man give me Justin and Dustin again— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 18, 2023