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Justin Gaethje

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Other names  The Highlight
Reach  71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of  Denver, Colorado
Height  1.8 m
Nationality  American
Siblings  Marcus Gaethje
Division  Lightweight
Stance  Orthodox
Team  Grudge Training Center
Weight  70 kg
Other name  The Highlight
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Born  Justin Gaethje November 14, 1988 (age 28) Safford, Arizona, United States (1988-11-14)
Similar  Luiz Firmino, David Branch, Marlon Moraes, Jon Fitch, Luis Palomino

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Justin Gaethje (/ˈɡi/; born November 14, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the World Series of Fighting and is the current WSOF Lightweight Champion.


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Early life

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Gaethje was born in Safford, Arizona to Ray Gaethje, a copper miner and Caroline Gaethje, a postmaster. He began wrestling at the age of four and attended Safford High School.

High school

Gaethje was a four-time finalist and two-time Arizona state champion as a wrestler for Safford High School.


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Gaethje received a scholarship to wrestle for the University of Northern Colorado. Following the 2009-10 season, he became the first Northern Colorado athlete to attain All-American status since the school joined Division I in 2006. He finished 7th in the NCAA Championships. Gaethje also wrestled with a number of mixed martial artists such as Georges St-Pierre during college.

Early career

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Gaethje began his amateur MMA career during his studies at the University of Northern Colorado. He amassed a 7–0 amateur record before making his professional debut on August 20, 2011 against Kevin Croom. Gaethje won the fight in the first round via KO due to a slam after his opponent attempted a submission.

World Series of Fighting

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He was signed by the World Series of Fighting on January 22, 2013, and made his debut at WSOF 2 against Gesias Cavalcante, finishing the fight in the first round through TKO (doctor stoppage) after opening a cut above Cavalcante's left eye.

At WSOF 3 he fought Brian Cobb, eventually winning via TKO from leg kicks in the third round.

Afterwards, he fought Dan Lauzon at WSOF 6, finishing Lauzon with a right uppercut in the second round.

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Gaethje headlined WSOF 8 against Richard Patishnock and became the inaugural WSOF Lightweight Champion after dispatching Patishnock in the first round via TKO.

His first title defense was at WSOF 11 against Nick Newell. Gaethje won the fight with a right hook TKO in the second round.

On November 15, 2014, Gaethje faced UFC veteran and former training partner Melvin Guillard at WSOF 15. The fight was ruled a non-title contest after Guillard missed weight. Gaethje won the bout via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).

He then went on to fight Luis Palomino at WSOF 19, Gaethje beat Palomino via TKO in the third round. The LA Times named this fight as the best fight of 2015.

He had a rematch against Luis Palomino at WSOF 23 and defended his belt, finishing Palomino in the second round.

At WSOF 29, he defended his belt again by defeating Brian Foster via TKO at 1:43 of the first round.

On March 15, 2016, Gaethje was suspended indefinitely by the Colorado State Athletic Commission for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' after he backflipped off the top of the cage in his post-fight celebration. The suspension was lifted a day later.

Gaethje was expected to defend the WSOF Lightweight Championship against Ozzy Dugulubgov at WSOF 33 on October 7, 2016. However, the bout was cancelled on the day of the event as Dugulibgov was stricken with illness.

On October 17, 2016, it was announced that Gaethje would defend the WSOF Lightweight Championship against João Zeferino on December 31, 2016 at WSOF 34 in the main event. However, an injury forced Zeferino to withdraw from the bout and was replaced by Luiz Firmino. Gaethje won the bout by TKO via doctor stoppage due to Firmino's right eye being swollen after round three.


Gaethje is endorsed by Fuzion Vapor and Bulge Clothing Brand.

Personal life

Gaethje is of German-Mexican descent, and has a twin brother, Marcus Gaethje.

He is pursuing a degree in Human Services and intends to do social work with at-risk youth in the future.

Championships and accomplishments

  • World Series of Fighting
  • WSOF Lightweight Championship (One time, current)
  • Most Wins in Title Bouts (Five)
  • Most Consecutive Title Defenses (Five)
  • Longest Winning Streak in WSOF Lightweight History (Ten)
  • MMAjunkie
  • 2015 March Fight of the Month vs. Luis Palomino
  • 2015 September Fight of the Month vs. Luis Palomino
  • Yahoo! Sports
  • 2015 Best Fight of the Half-Year vs. Luis Palomino
  • References

    Justin Gaethje Wikipedia