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Must-Watch Video: Justin Gaethje’s Barnburner With Luis Palomino at WSOF 19

If you thought it would be damn near impossible to see a better fight than Hideo Tokoro vs. LC Davis at Bellator 135 last weekend, think again.

At WSOF 19 on Saturday, featherweight champion Justin Gate-gee (I’m spelling it how it’s pronounced from now on. You hear me, Joanna Unj8chick?!) took on AFC and Bellator veteran Luis “Baboon” Palomino. The young phenom was being listed as high as a 5-to-1 favorite over his journeyman opponent, but instead of a quick and easy squash match, what transpired at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Phoenix, Arizona might just have been the greatest title fight in WSOF history.

Scratch that, it was *easily* the greatest fight in WSOF history. Period. Exclamation Point. Smiley face. #YOLO

But Gaethje vs. Palomino wasn’t the only highlight of the night. No, another came in the form of noted dirtbag Thiago Silva getting pounded out, prison-style, by late replacement opponent Teddy Holder. A gif of that finish and the full WSOF 19 results are after the jump.

You guys are never going to believe this, but after retiring and unretiring about a half dozen times in the past couple of years due to nagging injuries, Matt Hamill was once again forced out of making his WSOF debut (this one scheduled against Thiago Silva) due to injury. It was probably for the best considering how their first fight went down, but late replacement opponent Teddy Holder made the most of his big shot, finishing Silva with a flurry of ground-n-pound after being dropped early. Silva was less-than-thrilled with the stoppage in his post-fight interview:

I kid. Silva probably did have a gun on him, though.

WSOF 19 Full Results 

Main card (NBC Sports at 9 p.m. ET)
Justin Gaethje def. Luis Palomino via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of round 3
Teddy Holder def. Thiago Silva via TKO (punches) at 2:00 of round 1
Timur Valiev def. Ed West via TKO (strikes) at 1:39 of round 1
Clifford Starks def. Jake Heun via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:11 of round 2

Undercard (MMA Fighting at 6:15 p.m. ET)
Jimmy Spicuzza def. Benny Madrid via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Joseph Giglioti def. Brendan Tierney via TKO (strikes) at 4:45 of round 3
Andres Ponce def. Juan Archuleta via submission (triangle choke) at :53 of round 2
Dan Huber def. Israel Aquino via TKO (punches) at 3:03 of round 1
Matthew Frincu def. Eric Regan via knockout (head kick) at :14 of round 2
Erik Villalobos def. Joe Madrid via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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