Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje

Justin Gaethje

Full NameJustin Gaethje

BornNovember 14, 1988

Height5 ft 11 in



Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje is a former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion with a professional record of 23-wins and 4-losses. Gaethje is currently ranked #3 in the UFC Lightweight rankings.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Justin Gaethje UFC
  3. Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson
  4. Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
  5. Justin Gaethje Career Stats
  6. Justin Gaethje Last Fight
  7. Justin Gaethje Record

justin garthje

Early Life and Career

Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje is a former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion with a professional record of 22-wins and 3-losses. Gaethje is currently ranked #2 in the UFC Lightweight rankings and number #15 in the UFC Men's pound-for-pound rankings.

Justin Gaethje started wrestling at the age of 4 and continued it in high school, where he became a two-time state champion with a record of 191-9.

Gaethje would get into MMA during his freshman year at college and make his amateur debut in 2008, which he won via KO Slam. Gaethje amassed an amateur record of 7-0 before going professional and making his debut at ROF 41 which he won. Gaethje then went on a 7-fight win streak in the regional circuit before signing up with the World Series of Fighting.

Justin would remain undefeated at The World Series of Fighting and would win and defend the WSOF Lightweight title 5 times before vacating it to join the UFC in 2017.

Justin Gaethje UFC

Gaethje made his UFC debut in July 2018 against Michael Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale. Gaethje would win the encounter via TKO(punches and knees). After the bout, Gaethje would become a coach at The Ultimate Fighter 26 against Eddie Alvarez with both fighters scheduled to fight at the end of the show.

Gaethje would be defeated for the first time in his professional MMA career at UFC 218 as Alvarez KO''ed the Highlight in the third round. Gaethje's losing streak would continue as he got TKO'ed by Dustin Poirier in the 4th round at UFC on Fox 29.

Gaethje bounced back from his losses as he KO'ed James Vick in the first round via punches at UFC Fight Night 135. He would follow this up with victories over Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone before fighting for the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship on short notice against Tony Ferguson.

Gaethje outclassed Tony in the fight and was winning on the judges' scorecard before he knocked out Ferguson in the fifth round to Tony's 12 Fight win streak and win, the Interim Lightweight Championship. Gaethje later fought Khabib to unify the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 254. He would lose the fight in the second round due to Technical Submission(Triangle Choke). This would be Gaethje's third loss in professional MMA.

Gaethje returned to the Octagon after a year to fight Michael Chandler at UFC 268. He won the back-and-forth barnburner fight against Chandler via unanimous decision.

Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson

Justin Gaethje fought Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on short notice for the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship. Gaethje outclassed Ferguson in the encounter in terms of striking (143- 136 significant strikes) and was winning the fight unanimously on the judges' scorecard before he knocked Ferguson in the fifth round with a punch to the head to become the UFC Interim Champion and end Ferguson's 12-fight win streak in the UFC.

UFC 249 Ferguson v Gaethje

Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov fought at UFC 254 to unify the UFC Lightweight Championship. Gaethje won the first round of the fight on the judges' scorecard but, the momentum would shift in the second round when Nurmagomedov gained ground control. Khabib would make short work of Gaethje and put him in a triangle-choke resulting in Gaethje passing out and losing the fight via technical Submission.

UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje

Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler

Justin Gaethje fought Michael Chandler at UFC 268. The fight started with Gathje hammering in his leg kicks and Chandler looking to rock Gaethje with some heavy strikes. In the first round, Chandler hammered Gaethje with strong punches followed by a flying knee to cause him to wobble. Gaethje countered this by grappling with Chandler to halt his aggression and then used his striking prowess to pummel Chandlers with some nasty uppercuts before the end of the round.

Justin began to gain the upper hand in the second round as he got dropped Chandler with a stiff uppercut. Michael defended well in the grounded position as he got hold of a Gaethje leg and eventually stood back up on his feet after receiving some ground-and-pound punches.

In the third round, Gaethje continued his dominance as he connected with a lot more punches and leg kicks. Chandler was able to takedown Gaethje but, Gathje reversed it and got control of Chandler's back before letting go. In the end, the decision went to the judge's scorecard that was in favor of Justin Gaethje as he won the fight via unanimous decision.

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Justin Gaethje Career Stats

Current Status:

Justin Gaethje's current record stands at 23-3. He is currently on a 1-fight win streak.



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 19

Wins by Submission:

  1. 1

Wins by Decision:

  1. 3

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 70 in (178cm)


  1. 155 lb / 70 kg

Weight Class:

  1. Lightweight

Justin Gaethje Last Fight

Justin Gaethje's last fight was against Charles Oliveira at UFC 274. Justin lost the fight via submission.

Justin Gaethje Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Justin Gaethje:

Loss23-4Charles OliveiraSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 2747/05/22
Win23-3Michael ChandlerDecision (unanimous)UFC 2686/11/2021
Loss22-3Khabib NurmagomedovTechnical Submission (triangle choke)UFC 25424/10/2020
Win22-2Tony FergusonTKO (punch)UFC 24909/05/2020
Win21-2Donald CerroneTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje14/09/2019
Win20-2Edson BarbozaKO (punch)UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje30/03/2019
Win19-2James VickKO (punch)UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick25/08/2018
Loss18-2Dustin PoirierTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje14/04/2018
Loss18-1Eddie AlvarezKO (knee)UFC 21802/12/2017
Win18-0Michael JohnsonTKO (punches and knees)The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale07/07/2017
Win17-0Luiz FirminoTKO (doctor stoppage)WSOF 3431/12/2016
Win16-0Brian FosterTKO (leg kicks)WSOF 2912/03/2016
Win15-0Luis PalominoTKO (punches)WSOF 2318/09/2015
Win14-0Luis PalominoTKO (leg kicks and punches)WSOF 1928/03/2015
Win13-0Melvin GuillardDecision(split)WSOF 1515/11/2014
Win12-0Nick NewellTKO (punches)WSOF 1105/07/2014
Win11-0Richard PatishnockTKO (punches and elbows)WSOF 818/01/2014
Win10-0Dan LauzonKO (punches)WSOF 628/10/2013
Win9-0Brian CobbTKO (leg kicks)WSOF 314/06/2013
Win8-0Gesias CavalcanteTKO (doctor stoppage)WSOF 223/03/2013
Win7-0Adrian ValdezTKO (punches)Rage in the Cage 16416/11/2012
Win6-0Drew FickettKO (punch)Rage in the Cage 16320/10/2012
Win5-0Sam YoungSubmission (rear-naked choke)Rage in the Cage 16229/09/2012
Win4-0Marcus EdwardsDecision (unanimous)ROF 43: Bad Blood02/06/2012
Win3-0Donnie BellTKO (punches)ROF 42: Who's Next17/12/2011
Win2-0Joe KelsoTKO (punches)BTT MMA 2: Genesis01/10/2011
Win1-0Kevin CroomKO (slam)ROF 41: Bragging Rights20/08/2011

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