"Justin Gaethje put an absolute beating on Donald Cerrone," according to MMAmania.com.
"From the literal first strike of the night -- a searing low kick that dug deep into Cerrone's thigh with an unpleasant THWACK -- Gaethje was ahead of his opponent," MMAmania.com continued. "For all of Cerrone's creative offense, Gaethje seemed to have him figured out almost immediately."
Justin GaethjeHere's how Sherdog.com described the fight: "Gaethje disposed of his longtime friend with a chopping counter right hand and follow-up punches."
"The 30-year-old Gaethje met straight punches and front kicks to the body from 'Cowboy' with heavy uppercuts and hooks, as the two men fought to a virtual standstill for roughly four minutes," Sherdog.com continued. "Late in the first round, he caught Cerrone coming forward with his hands low and connected with a devastating right hand to the side of the head. Gaethje engaged his loopy counterpart at close range, cut loose with right uppercuts and dropped him to his knees with another right hook ..."
The fight ended at 4:18 of Round 1.
After the bout, Gaethje -- know as "The Highlight" -- offered his assessment.
"I'm always surprised," said Gaethje, ranked No. 5 in the world. "I go in there and I'm not sure I'm good enough.
Gaethje, a two-time Arizona high school state wrestling champ who earned NCAA Division I All-American honors for University of Northern Colorado at 157 pounds at the 2010 Nationals, is now 21-2 in his pro MMA career going back to August 2011 ... while Cerrone, 36, is now 36-12 overall in his 13-year pro career, and 23-10 in UFC.