Justin Gaethje - Official UFC® Profile
Justin
Gaethje
18-0-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #5 Lightweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night / 1 Fight of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 1 fights.
Record: 18-0-0
Summary: Striking, wrestling

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Highlight
From: Safford, Arizona United States
Fights Out Of: Arvada, Colorado United States
Age: 29
Height: 5' 11" ( 180 cm )
Weight: 155 lb ( 70 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
174
60% Successful
104
Types of Successful Strikes
0
104
74% Standing
26%
77
27
Striking Defense
55
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
0
Not Available
0
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
0
0
0
Takedown Defense
67
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
UPCOMING
Justin Gaethje
UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2
Dec 2, 2017
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Win
Justin Gaethje
Jul 7, 2017
91
104
1
0
0
0
0
0
R2 KO/TKO
Performance of the Night
Fight of the Night

Biography

Thoughts on opponent, Michael Johnson? I’m excited for this kind of test and opportunity from the UFC and they obviously trust in my skills. They know that I fight hard and Michael Johnson is a great matchup for the fans and for me and Michael. I suspect each of us will be getting an extra $50,000 no matter what.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I grew up wrestling and fighting was never something I ever dreamed about doing. I was never in a streetfight, and then I started fighting amateur fights in college and won seven in a row and after college I turned pro and I haven’t lost one. I just wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing, and that’s put me in this great position that I’m in right now.

What ranks and titles have you held? World Series of Fighting lightweight champion (five successful title defenses)

Do you have any heroes? My parents

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s definitely something special to me, but the way that I’m approaching this is that this fight is no different than the very first fight I ever had.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Northern Colorado. I am an internship away from completing my Bachelors degree in Human Services

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a student and then I would take random jobs. I worked in demolition, I did painting, I was a bouncer at a billiards club, so anything to be able to keep training and to follow my goal.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 7-0 MMA record, 2010 Division I All-American, finished seventh in NCAA tournament
Favorite grappling technique:
Blast double leg
Favorite Striking technique:
Uppercut


• Pro since 2011

• 14 wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)

• Six first round finishes

• Owns wins over UFC vets Drew Fickett, Dan Lauzon, Melvin Guillard, Brian Foster and Brian Cobb

• Has also defeated PRIDE vet Luiz Firmino and Strikeforce vet JZ Cavalcante

Career

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