Made the choice of leg kicking the leg kicker right off the bat. Hardly any feeling out process and bam hits Barboza with hard leg kick cleanly. Then Barboza starts exchanging leg kicks with him and Gaethje rocks him with punches. Very smart of Gaethje to start out that way because it lured Barboza into the kind of exchanges that Justin would thrive in and he hurt Barboza badly early. After holding on to Barboza and landing good shots while controlling him against the cage, the fighters disengaged and now Gaethje chose to keep extreme distance. Great job here because he knew he was winning the fight up until that point and landed some huge shots and it was up to Barboza to do something. Barboza wanted to get Justin back but he wasnt in range to punch because of the distance so he went back to his low kicks and he threw one last lowkick before Gaethje swarmed him, forced Barboza to circle the wrong way and beautifuly cut off the angle and put him away. It was similar to the way Stipe did JDS in their second fight. Gaethje is known as just a just Bleed brawler but his fight psychology, decision making, instincts and execution were great last night and were definitely the product of skill and ring generalship. His toughness and fight instincts mixed with a coach like Trevor Witman is a great recipe for what we saw last night. Gaethje is an absolute animal but he is a very skilled fighter too. That KO was indirectly set up beautifully.