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Justin Gaethje

23Wins3Losses

Win Rate
88 %
Finish Rate
87 %
Decision Win %
100 %
#2 Lightweight (UFC)

Justin Gaethje

Age
33
Height
5' 11 (180 cm)
Reach
70 in. (5' 10/178 cm)
Ape-Index
0.989
Stance
Orthodox
Nationality
United States
Main Division
Lightweight
Biography
His paternal grandfather boxed while serving in the United States Army. Gaethje's father Ray retired as a copper miner in September 2019, after 36 years working at the Morenci mine. He also has a twin brother, Marcus John Gaethje, who worked at the Morenci mine for almost 10 years. Gaethje recalled that as he was about to leave the mine to attend university, two of his co-workers told him, "You'll be right back, you ain't gonna make it in college. You'll be right back here."
Combat Approach
Despite his elite wrestling pedigree, he rarely looks for takedowns, instead preferring an entertaining stand-up fighting style. In a 2020 ESPN interview, Gaethje stated he realized after transitioning from wrestling to mixed martial arts that, while winning was still important, entertaining the fans could earn him more money. Although he is still a pressure fighter, Wittman said that Gaethje now takes fewer risks and is more selective about when to trade punches.
Fighter Trivia
Gaethje holds a bachelor's degree in Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. Dan Hardy stated on Inside the Octagon that before the surgery Gaethje's "eyesight was so bad that he actually had to physically be in contact with his opponent to know what he was hitting." Gaethje praised Trump for his role in the UFC's early development, saying "He’s a reason that the UFC is here."

Awards & Accolades

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I All-American out of the University of Northern Colorado (2010)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: 2010 NCAA Division I 157 lb Championship – 7th Place
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association: AIA 145 lb AAA State Runner-up out of Safford High School (2004)
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association: AIA 152 lb AAA State Runner-up out of Safford High School (2005)
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association: AIA 152 lb AAA State Champion out of Safford High School (2006)
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association: AIA 160 lb AAA State Champion out of Safford High School (2007)
  • UFC: Interim UFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Six times) vs. Michael Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Michael Johnson, James Vick, Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson
  • UFC: First fighter to earn a post-fight bonus in each of their first seven UFC fights
  • World Series of Fighting: WSOF Lightweight Championship (One time; first)
  • World Series of Fighting: Most consecutive title defenses (5)
  • World Series of Fighting: Most wins in title bouts (6)
  • World Series of Fighting: Longest lightweight winning streak (10)
  • World Series of Fighting: Most knockout wins (9)
  • World MMA Awards: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. Eddie Alvarez
  • World MMA Awards: 2017 Comeback of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • MMAjunkie: 2015 March Fight of the Month vs. Luis Palomino
  • MMAjunkie: 2015 September Fight of the Month vs. Luis Palomino
  • Yahoo! Sports: 2015 Best Fight of the Half-Year vs. Luis Palomino
  • Sherdog: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • Sherdog: 2017 Round of the Year vs. Michael Johnson (Round 2)
  • Sherdog: 2018 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Bleacher Report: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • RealSport: 2017 UFC Debut of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • CBS Sports: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • MMAjunkie.com: 2017 Round of the Year vs. Michael Johnson (Round 1)
  • MMAjunkie.com: 2018 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Bloody Elbow: 2017 Best Fight of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • Cageside Press: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. Michael Johnson
  • MMAWeekly.com: 2018 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier
  • CombatPress.com: 2018 Fight of the Year vs. Dustin Poirier
  • MMADNA.nl: 2017 Fight of the Year vs. Eddie Alvarez
  • MMADNA.nl: 2017 Debut of the Year.

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