Ferguson, who came into the battle on a 12-win streak, struggled with harm as Gaethje slashed at his legs and landed loud snares before arbitrator Herb Dean stepped in to end the battle late in the fifth round.
With more than 80,000 passings in the United States due to coronavirus, the UFC has experienced harsh criticism for putting on the occasion, which occurred without any fans in the stands and with tough safety and health conventions set up.
In spite of the absence of a group, the battles themselves needed nothing in power, with Francis Ngannou scoring the knockout of the night, blitzing Jairzinho Rozenstruik with a left snare to compel a stoppage after only 20 seconds of the first round.
Sam Alvey was the 1st fighter into the vacant field on the night, pointing and high-fiving the fictitious group as he advanced toward the confine where he tumbled to a choice misfortune to Ryan Spann at night’s initial battle on the prelim card.
Aside from the fighters, the refs and the commentators, occasion staff wore face masks, and just one corner-man per contender was permitted into the cage in the breaks between rounds.
“It was funny, I could hear a lot. Everybody out there I could hear really clearly, but at the same time … it wasn’t much different than if the crowd were there,” Vicente Luque stated.
Such was the quietness that Luque had the option to hear the commentators, and heavyweight Greg Hardy said he had the option to take the counsel of TV reporter Daniel Cormier to counter Yorgan De Castro’s leg kicks on the way to a choice triumph.
In the co-major, Henry Cejudo held his bantamweight belt with a second-round stoppage prevail upon Dominick Cruz before promptly resigning in the octagon. The 33-year-old, who won a gold medal for wrestling at the 2008 Olympics, has stated that he was glad about his work and that he needed to have a family.
Returning after a long cutback, previous champ Cruz was dropped with a knee to the head and suffered the main knockout of his profession with only two seconds left in the second round.
But, the greatest prize of the night went to Gaethje, who is currently next to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight crown.
“I’ll wait for the real one,” Gaethje stated as he threw the interim belt away moments after it was put around his waist.