Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino stood toe-to-toe with each other for almost three full rounds Saturday night in the main event of World Series of Fighting 19.
With just over a minute left in the third, Gaethje dropped the challenger, finishing him and retaining his lightweight title on NBC Sports Network.
In other action, Teddy Holder stunned Thiago Silva in the semifinals of the light heavyweight tournament. Holder replaced Matt Hamill, who withdrew from the fight just hours before.
Timur Valiev and Clifford Starks each added finishes.
Complete results can be found below:
Justin Gaethje def. Luis Palomino via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of Round 3 to retain his WSOF lightweight championship
Teddy Holder def. Thiago Silva via TKO (strikes) at 2:00 of Round 1 in the semifinals of the WSOF Light Heavyweight Tournament
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
Jimmy Spicuzza def. Benny Madrid via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Joe Gigliotti 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 (strikes) at 3:03 of Round 1
Matthew Finchu def. Eric Regan via KO (head-kick) at :14 of Round 2
Erik Villalobos def. Joe Madrid via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)