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JUSTIN GAETHJE

AGE

30

RECORD

20-2-0

REACH

70"

HEIGHT

5”11"

WEIGHT

155LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

GENESIS TRAINING CENTER

HOMETOWN

SAFFORD, ARIZONA, US

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC ON ESPN 2 – VS EDSON BARBOZA

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCH)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Gaethje opens the fight with a leg kick. Another one lands for Gaethje. Barboza responds with a couple of hard leg kicks! Those ones are nasty! Gaethje closes the distance and starts exploding on Barboza with the punches! Right hand hurts Barboza! He starts retreating on the outside. Gaethje initiates the clinch against the fence. Gaethje is very aggressive early. 1st min in, nice Gaethje lands a nice short right hand. Barboza is recovering against the fence. He separates from the clinch. Barboza is exploding with the kicks but he is out of range. Gaethje steps in and lands a two-punch combo! Both fighters are standing in the pocket and exploding with the punches! Big right hand lands for Gaethje! His boxing looks sharp! Barboza lands a leg kick. Gaethje moves in with the left hand and lands a perfectly timed left hook!!! Barboza goes down!!! Gaethje jumps on him but referee stops the fight!!! Barboza is knocked out!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

AUGUST 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 135 – VS JAMES VICK

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Gaethje takes the center and starts pressuring Vick. Vick opens the fight with a side kick to the body. He is looking to use his range advantage early. Gaethje closes the distance with an overhand right but eats a counter right hand. Vick explodes with a couple of kicks to the body and lands. 1st min in, Gaethje closes the distance and initiates the clinch. Vick separates and lands two nasty kicks to the body! He is looking to tire Gaethje out quickly. Gaethje resets and continues with the pressure. Gaethje fakes the left hand and explodes with a big overhand right!!! Vick immediately goes to sleep!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

APRIL 2018 UFC ON FOX 29 – DUSTIN POIRIER

RESULT – LOST VIA 4th RD TKO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Poirier comes out in the southpaw stance. Gaethje is in the orthodox stance. Gaethje immediately establishes the pressure. He opens the fight with a couple of nice kicks. Poirier times the next kick and lands a hard counter right hook! Gaethje absorbs the shot well. Both fighters are aggressive early in the fight. Gaethje is pressuring forward with the punches. Poirier is counter the attacks with the body-head combinations. Nice body head combination lands for Poirier. His boxing is looking sharp early. 1st min in, Gaethje closes the distance and lands a straight right hand. Poirier is moving on the outside. Hard outside leg kick partially drops him to the mat. Gaethje is looking for a brawl. He lands a hard leg kick but eats a hard three punch combo! Gaethje beautifully times the step in uppercut and lands! Poirier has a hard time keeping his distance. Gaethje is constantly in his face and looking for a brawl. The lead leg of Poirier is already busted up. Halfway in, He is doing a good job countering the attacks with the boxing combinations! Stiff double jab lands for Poirier. Gaethje sticks to the leg kicks. Big right hook to the body lands for Poirier! He is letting his hands go and he lands a hard 3 punch combo! Gaethje is getting outboxed in this round! Poirier has found his rhythm in this fight. Both fighters exchange leg kicks.  1min to go, Gaethje moves and lands a nice right hand. Both fighters are setting up the high pace and tempo. They are in each other face and trading hard shots! Poirier is displaying great defensive boxing in this round. Gaethje has a lot of success with his kicks.  The face of Gaethje is already busted up. Both fighters exchange in the center as Gaethje lands a hard right hook! 10-9 Poirier

Rd 2– Gaethje slowly establishes the pressure. He is looking for his way in. Gaethje closes the distance and lands a two punch combo. Poirier establishes the jab. He is moving on the outside and waiting for a counter. Hard leg kick lands for Gaethje! He is showing great kick boxing skills. Poirier level changes but Gaethje stops the takedown. Big right hand lands for Gaethje! 1st min in, Gaethje lands an eye poke. The referee stops the fight and gives Poirier time to recover. The fight continues in the center. Gaethje continues with the pressure. He connects with another hard inside leg kick. Poirier has a hard time moving. He moves in but eats a counter right hand. Gaethje is looking confident. Poirier explodes from the outside and lands a hard left hook! Gaethje has felt that one. He continues with the pressure. Gaethje is throwing volume strikes! He is very accurate! Poirier has a hard time defending! He explodes and lands a hard uppercut! Both fighters are swinging wildly! Poirier is showing better head movement as he avoids the damage. Both fighters are exploding with the punches! Halfway in, Poirier lands a hard right hook to the body but eats another hard inside leg kick! Nice double right-ross lands for Poirier! Poirier moves forward and starts picking Gaethje apart! Gaethje initiates the clinch against the fence. Poirier separates. He is throwing nice punching combinations! Poirier is outboxing Gaethje! Gaethje is swinging and missing. Poirier is more accurate and disciplined with the punches. 1 min to go, Poirier connects with a nice right hand over the top! Gaethje is standing in his face and eating punches! Poirier level changes and grabs the single leg. Gaethje defends the takedown and initiates the clinch against the fence. Gaethje unloads with the elbows! Big right elbow lands for Gaethje! Poirier separates and escapes the danger. 10-9 Poirier

Rd 3 – Poirier has absorbed 29 leg kicks so far! Gaethje takes the center and continues with the pressure. Poirier is looking to continues with the boxing combinations. Gaethje lands a couple of leg kicks. Poirier is moving on the outside. He explodes and lands a nice straight left to the body. Gaethje moves forward with the punches. Poirier quickly level changes and scores the double leg takedown. However, Gaethje is back to his feet. 1st min in, both fighters are very aggressive. Poirier sticks with the body punches but continues to eat hard leg kicks. Gaethje is destroying the lead leg of Poirier. He has neutralized his movement. Big one-two lands for Gaethje! Poirier is on the retreat against the fence! He explodes with the right hook counter and lands! Gaethje wants a dirty fight! He clinches against the fence. Halfway in, Gaethje is busy with the knees. Both fighters are resting against the fence. Big knee to the body lands for Gaethje! Poirier separates. Gaethje moves in but eats a hard right counter! Gaethje is open during his attacks. Both fighters are slowing down. Gaethje continues with the leg kicks. Poirier sticks to his boxing. He is letting his hands go on Gaethje! Poirier is confident as he lands a 3 punch combo! 1 min to go, Gaethje reacts and clinches against the fence. Poirier separates and unloads with the punches! Gaethje moves away. Gaethje lands another eye poke. The referee stops the fight and gives Poirier time to recover! The referee takes the point out of Gaethje. The fight continues in the center. Poirier takes the outside position. Gaethje starts walking him down. Poirier lands an eye poke in the last second of the round. 9-9

Rd 4 – Gaethje takes the center and continues with the pressure. Poirier explodes with a big left hand that hurts Gaethje! Poirier moves in for a finish with the barrage of punches! He is unloading on Gaethje with everything he has!!! Gaethje is in trouble!!! Big left hand over the top lands for Poirier! He follows with a hard straight right and Gaethje goes down!!! The referee steps in and stops the fight!!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

 

MARCH 2016 – VS BRIAN FOSTER

RESULT – WON VIA 1ST RD TKO LEG KICKS

Analysis
Rd 1 – Gaethje hands up, chin tucked. Foster straights blocked. Spinning body kick lands. Hard leg kick for Gaetje lands. Foster times a knee as Gather ducks his head oto avoid. Leg kicks already starting to take there toll, I think hes only landed 3. Foster tries to respond,.

SEPTEMBER 2015 – VS LUIS PALOMINO

RESULT – WON VIA 2ND RD TKO PUNCHES

Analysis
Rd 1 – Hard leg kicks from both, Gaethje comes off the better. 2 big head kicks miss then a leg kick for Gaethje. Palomino has backed himself up to the cage. Gaethje closes distance, ducks him chin and lands a left hook, right hook combo that stumbles and drops Palomino. Hes up. Gaethje instigates the clinch. Palomino able to escape. Gaethje stalking. Lead leg head kick lands. Big double leg slam. Palomino scrambles up. Uppercut knee land in the clinch. Gaethje seems to calm, with his movement and striking. Uppercut, straight right, left uppercut all land for Palomino, Gaethje looks hurt. He instigates the clinch landing short strikes, but again Palomino lands a couple punches that hurt Gaethje. Who is quickly starting too look a mess. They swing wildly, Palomino hurting Gaethje. Gaethje instigates the clinch, Palomino continues to look fatigued. They exchange power punches, Gaethje backs away, Huge uppercut lands, before he locks in a neck lock and slams Palomino to the mat. Gaethje controlling from behind landing sort punches and elbows. As they stand, Gaethje lands another power lead leg head kick, stumbling Palomino to the cage. Huge uppercut floors Palomino. Gaethje all over him. Ref momentarily stops it as Gaethje mouth guard has fallen out. Gaethje backing Palomino up. Palomino swinging wildly clocking and rocking Gaethje. Who counters with a spinning kick of some sorts, what a round! I think Gaethje might be mad you know!

MARCH 2015 – VS LUIS PALOMINO

RESULT – WON VIA 3RD RD TKO LEG KICK & PUNCHES

Analysis

Rd 1 – Gaethje jogs forward, Palermo backing up again. They exchange, Palermo still game, as he woeks his jba.. Palomino only looking to counter. Lead leg head kick for Gatethje. Good sinlge strikes landing for Palomnio Gatheje almost zombiw like as he covers up, seamuingly unhurt. Uppercut lands for Palomino. Gatehje tuen to land the uppercut. Palomino pouring it on. Gaethje too busy working leg kicks, from damn near foolish angles, with his lands low, allowing Palomino to land power strikes. Standing elbow looks to significantly contribute to Gaethje bleeding. Who else throws leg kicks in the clinch. Stright right hurt Palomnio, who promptly gives up his back. Gaethje takes him to the mat, but Palmino able to scramble up. Pace of the fight has significantly slowed, both fighters looking lathergic. Overhand right constanly landing for Palmino. With Palomino backed up to the cage, Gaethje tries a spinning elbow that misses. Both fighters swing and land power punches. Gaethje constantly landing leg kicks.
Rd 2 – Gatheje immediately comes forward. Spinning back kick brushes Gaethje. They clinch. Not for long, back to striking. Ref stops the fight to cut loose tape on Palomino glove. Palomino coming forwards more as theu clinch again, Gaethe reverses. This is a slugfest. Gaethje constantly working the leg kick. Its definintely taking its toll now. Constant pressure from Gaethje, Palomino somewhat inevitably succumbs to Gaethje leg kicks. Gaethje then decides to not continue the gnp and instead let him stand… is that sadistic or what! I think he wants to break his leg!Leg kicks and a flying knee lands. Another leg kick and Palomino crumbles like a tree in the amazon, Gnp and its over. Crowd go fucking mental. I think im going mental. What to make of that!?

Watch Fight

RECORD BREAKDOWN

22 MATCHES 20 WINS 2 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 17 2
SUBMISSION 1 0
DECISION 2 0
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Gaethje is an aggressive standup fighter with a strong wrestling background.
  • He is the former WSOF Lightweight champion and one of the most exciting fighters inside the UFC organization.
  • He has an NCAA Division I wrestling background.
  • However, Gaethje is not using his wrestling in his fights.
  • Gaethje has a wild standup game. He is constantly pressing forward and looking to land a big power right hand.
  • His kicking game is insane. He always looks to destroy the lead leg of his opponents with the powerful inside leg kicks as seen against Poirier and Barboza.
  • He was doing a good job of following his kicks with the punches against Barboza.
  • Gaethje is a pressure fighter. He likes to walk his opponents down and explodes with the knockout power shots as seen against Vick.
  • Gaethje has a tendency to be wild in his fights. He is taking a lot of damage coming in as he is very open during his attacks as seen against Poirier.
  • However, he was much patient and intelligent against Barboza.
  • He does his best work when pressuring against the cage as seen against Barboza and Poirier.