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"The Highlight"
Justin Gaethje
#1 Interim Title Holder • 22-2-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 4
    Fight Win Streak
  • 19
    Wins by Knockout
  • 3
    First Round Finishes
Striking accuracy 59% 59%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
551
Sig. Strikes Attempted
931
Grappling accuracy 0% 0%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
Takedowns Attempted
1
7.74
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
8.37
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
0.00
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.00
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
54
%
Sig. Str. Defense
80
%
Takedown Defense
0.63
Knockdown Ratio
10:11
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
478 (87%)
Clinch
69 (13%)
Ground
4 (1%)

Sig. Str. by target

60% 330 Head 9% 48 Body 31% 173 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
19 (86%)
DEC
2 (9%)
SUB
1 (5%)

Event Results

  • Win

    Cerrone vs Gaethje

    Round
    1
    Time
    4:18
    Method
    KO/TKO
  • Win

    Barboza vs Gaethje

    Round
    1
    Time
    02:31
    Method
    KO/TKO

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
Safford, United States
Age
31
Height
71.00
Weight
155.00
Octagon Debut
Jul. 08, 2017
Reach
70.00
Leg reach
40.00
Q & A

TRAINING: Every day I get to hit pads and work on my striking with Trevor Wittman. Three days a week I do strength and conditioning and I’m wrestling every other day.

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

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