[44] The fight was ruled a non-title contest after Guillard missed weight. Mother: Carolina (née Espinoza) of Mexican descent. [54][55], Gaethje was expected to defend the WSOF Lightweight Championship against Ozzy Dugulubgov at WSOF 33 on October 7, 2016. [48], Gaethje had a rematch against Palomino on September 18, 2015, at WSOF 23 and defended his belt again, finishing Palomino in the second round by TKO. As for whether having them in the arena during the fight would help him? [40], The three stoppage victories secured Gaethje a shot at the inaugural WSOF Lightweight Championship, in the headline bout of WSOF 8 against Richard Patishnock on January 18, 2014. UFC 258 undercard preview: Complete online breakdown, predictions for top four (of seven) "Prelims" matches on ESPN/ESPN+ this weekend (Sat., Feb. 13, 2021) in Las Vegas: Green vs. Miller, Vieira vs. Hernandez, Muhammad vs. Lima and Viana vs. Martin. Justin Gaethje is one of the most aggressive fighters in the UFC. [38], On June 14, 2013, he fought Brian Cobb at WSOF 3, eventually winning via TKO from leg kicks in the third round. His mother, Carolina (née Espinoza), is of Mexican descent; his father, John Ray Gaethje, is of German descent. Gaethje indicated it would not. [47] The Los Angeles Times named this fight as the best fight of 2015. [86], On April 6, it was announced that Gaethje would step in on short notice to face Tony Ferguson for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship on April 18, at UFC 249. [36], Gaethje was signed by the World Series of Fighting on December 2, 2012,[37] and made his debut on March 23, 2013 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. Carolina and John Ray Gaethje will be one of the tiny handful of people allowed into the “Fight Island” bubble, something Gaethje demanded of UFC and the promotion allowed. [63] The win earned Gaethje the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards. I think I sold myself so hard on the fact that this is not wrestling. #UFC249pic.twitter.com/jXPNYAjX3h", "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18", "REVISED – UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com", "UFC 249 Results: Justin Gaethje Wears Down Tony Ferguson, Wins Belt", "UFC 249 Scorecard: Gaethje was crushing Ferguson before 5th round TKO", "UFC 249 Bonuses! Despite his elite wrestling pedigree, he rarely looks for takedowns, instead preferring an entertaining stand-up fighting style. [43], On November 15, 2014, Gaethje faced UFC veteran and former training partner Melvin Guillard at WSOF 15. [74] Sherdog named Gaethje vs. Poirier as the best fight of 2018. Watch Bellator MMA’s Top Featherweight Finishes. [87] However, on April 9, UFC president Dana White announced that this event had been postponed,[88] and the bout instead took place for May 9, 2020. Justin Ray Gaethje is a professional American mixed martial artist. [94][95] He lost the fight via technical submission due to triangle choke in the second round, marking the first submission loss in his mixed martial arts career. Gaethje won the fight in the first round via KO due to a slam after Croom attempted a submission. He is a former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion. [92] This made Gaethje the only fighter in UFC history to win at least one fight night bonus in each of his first seven appearances. It gets you tired. Before moving to John's current city of Thatcher, AZ, John lived in Pima AZ and Safford AZ. 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Video: Conor McGregor slurp down golden steak from Salt Bae, which cost the "Notorious" UFC fighter $1,000 during his recent trip to Dubai. Where and when was he born? Justin Gaethje’s Childhood and Early Life. Carolina and John Ray Gaethje The American mixed martial artist was born to mother Carolina and father John Ray Gaethje. Edit Profile. [56] However, the bout was cancelled on the day of the event as Dugulubgov was stricken with illness. [71] Gaethje said after the loss, "It was the time of my life. Despite his wrestling background, Gaethje rarely looks for takedowns and is known for his aggressive stand-up fighting style. [80], Gaethje faced Edson Barboza on March 30, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 2. My dad retired a little over a year ago, he worked 37 years in a copper mine. Gaethje had the UFC fly out his mother and father especially for the UFC 254 showdown on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi as it was the culmination of years of hard work they’d supported. Born in Safford, Arizona, Gaethje began wrestling when he was four years old. UFC 258 ‘Prelims’ Preview - Pt. Message. Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight! His mother, Carolina (née Espinoza), is of Mexican descent; his father, John Ray Gaethje, is of German descent. He finished the season with a 14-4 record, and was named to the Western Wrestling All-Conference First Team. [22] He initially applied to a small college in Arizona as he wanted to stay close to his family, but instead accepted an offer from the NCAA Division I program at the University of Northern Colorado. [42] Gaethje won the fight with a right hook TKO in the second round. [24] Gaethje's surname is of German origin due to his German-American father. “They’ve never had a chance to fly international,” he continued. Justin's father John Ray Gaethje, is of German descent while his mother Carolina is of Mexican descent. "[102] Dan Hardy stated on Inside the Octagon that before the surgery Gaethje's "eyesight was so bad that he actually had to physically be in contact with his opponent to know what he was hitting. View phone numbers, addresses, public records, background check reports and possible arrest records for Ray Gaethje. The interim Lightweight champion has come a long way in his career and recently fought the biggest fight of his life on Oct 24, 2020, against the then […] He was a two-time Arizona state champion as a wrestler at Safford High School, and an NCAA Division I All-American during his time at the University of Northern Colorado. "[72], Gaethje lost a back-and-forth fight via TKO in the fourth round to Dustin Poirier on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29. Justin started his MMA career during his studies in Northern Colorado. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. Khabib Names Fighter To Lead Lightweight Division. '"[100], Gaethje holds a bachelor's degree in Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. [32] After improving his grades, Gaethje made his amateur debut during the pre-season of his sophomore year (08'-09') on August 2, 2008, where he scored a slam knockout on his opponent. This made him the first Northern Colorado wrestler to attain Division I All-American status since Larry Wagner in 1970. He is from the mixed descent and nationality is American. Mac Slurps Down Golden Steak From Salt Bae. But I did so much cardio this camp that it would not have been a problem for me to turn it into a wrestling match, but I just can’t do it, it would not be fun for me. Fight of the Night. Poirier said, "I didn't know it in the fight, but I knew it the night of and the next morning. In his sophomore season, he qualified for the 2009 NCAA Division I 157 lb Championship, where he posted a 0-2 record. I've gotten opportunities on the biggest stages because of the way I fight. I should’ve and could’ve took him down a couple of times, especially when I had him rocked just to steal a round or two. In January of 2013 he became a member of the World Series of Fighting. The mixed martial artist was born on the 14th day of November 1988 at the Safford in Arizona, USA. If I lost, I hoped that I would get knocked out. [101], Gaethje underwent a photorefractive keratectomy in 2016 to correct his eyesight. “They’re not there. [77] However, on June 28, 2018, Iaquinta withdrew from the bout and he was replaced by James Vick. [67] The bout with Alvarez took place on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218. I want to be a UFC champion. Gaethje's paternal grandfather boxed while serving in the United States Army. [12] He also has a twin brother, Marcus John Gaethje, who worked at the Morenci mine for almost 10 years. If I’m going to get tired, I’d rather it be from fighting and not from wrestling. Although he is still a pressure fighter, Wittman said that Gaethje now takes fewer risks and is more selective about when to trade punches. He has finished 19 of his 22 wins by knockout or technical knockout and has received five Fight of the Night and four Performance of the Night awards in his eight fights in the UFC. [98] He is well known for the knockout power in his punches, and his debilitating leg kicks. According to Gaethje's coach Trevor Wittman, the back-to-back losses against Alvarez and Poirier caused Gaethje to change his mentality. [79] He was also awarded a Performance of Night award, which meant he had earned five bonus awards in his four fights in UFC. His paternal grandfather boxed while serving in the United States Army. [9][10] Gaethje's father Ray retired as a copper miner in September 2019, after 36 years working at the Morenci mine. And they’d take financial hits every time we did that. I did it for three months straight and took one sick day, because I had to sleep. [27][28] He won true-second at the NCAA Western Regional Championships[29] and so qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division I 149 lb Championship,[30] where he posted a 1-2 record to end his senior season with a 17-8 record. And I was far sighted in one eye and nearsighted in another eye. [31], Gaethje first came into contact with mixed martial arts (MMA) as a freshman at the University of Northern Colorado, when he wrestled Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters such as Georges St-Pierre, Clay Guida and future opponent Donald Cerrone. My coach Trevor Wittman is there, that’s the only voice I can hear. [99] When asked after his loss to Poirier in 2018 why he did not use his wrestling in the bout, Gaethje said, "I’ve been wrestling my whole life. He said, "I used to be blind. Whitepages people search is the most trusted directory. [41], His first title defense was at WSOF 11 against Nick Newell on July 5, 2014. Thank you to @SugarRaySefo @alidominance #WSOF", "WSOF 2 results recap: Justin Gaethje vs Gesias Cavalcante fight review and analysis", "World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 6 recap for 'Burkman vs Carl' on NBC Sports", "WSOF's Justin Gaethje: I'd rather prove myself as best in the world than make a million dollars", "For WSOF champ Justin Gaethje, who needs Wikipedia when you've got heavy hands? [13] When he was 18, Gaethje spent a summer himself at the Morenci mine. Nothing is better on earth than being able to repay that.”. He fought for the University of Northern Colorado as a junior. [19][20] Gaethje also played football and baseball in high school. The Highlight hailed all the sacrifices that his parents made over the years for the family. [60], On May 4, 2017, Gaethje announced he had vacated his WSOF title and signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. [90][91] He also continued his bonus award streak, earning the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards. Summary: John Gaethje is 56 years old today because John's birthday is on 09/11/1964. And Cormier, who is a close friend of Khabib and a former team-mate, says the Russian told him he would not inflict unnecessary pain in front of Carolina and John Ray Gaethje… As of December 8, 2020, he is #11 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. “Until you’re 18, you don’t have the ability to make the choices that you should be making,” he said. [35] One of his early victories was over UFC veteran Drew Fickett. The American white-collar boxer is at #7 in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings. He is a former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion. His mother, Carolina (née Espinoza), is of Mexican descent, and his father, John Ray Gaethje, is of German descent. We’d get up go to wresting tournaments two to three hours away, sometimes we’d stay the night. At the UFC 253 pre-fight press conference, Gaethje talked about them and how good it felt to repay them with the trip ... and an opportunity for his mother to retire early with no money worries. For some reason, my mind will not let me do it. He said, "There can be guys out there who are 13-0 with 13 decisions, and they're not [even] getting paid $5,000 to fight because nobody is watching. [33], After amassing a 7–0 amateur record, Gaethje made his professional debut on August 20, 2011, against future UFC fighter Kevin Croom. 12 Working In A Mine We have 3 records for Marcus Gaethje ranging in age from 32 years old to 50 years old. [66], On July 13, 2017, the UFC announced that Gaethje would coach The Ultimate Fighter 26 along with Eddie Alvarez, with the duo expected to face each other at the conclusion of the season. [16] He attended Safford High School,[17] where he was a four-time finalist and two-time state champion (AIA). [69] The fight also earned him his second consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award. [73] The fight earned Gaethje his third consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award. “I had practice at three o’clock, and I had to show up. [24][25][26] Gaethje dropped down to the 149 lb division for his senior year, but had struggles with weight cutting. I had horrible vision. [34] On the regional circuit in Colorado and Arizona, Gaethje compiled an undefeated 7-0 professional record, with 6 stoppage wins. His paternal grandfather boxed while serving in the United States Army. “They got to fly business class, they’ve never flown business class. Khabib Nurmagomedov showed incredible mercy in the heat of his fight with Justing Gaethje as he did not want to hurt the American in front of his parents, according to Daniel Cormier.. Gaethje had the UFC fly out his mother and father especially for the UFC 254 showdown on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi as it was the culmination of years of hard work they’d supported. His mother Carolina was a postmaster while his father John Ray Gaethje was a copper miner. As of January 25, 2021, he is #2 in the UFC lightweight rankings. He is currently single and has networth of $1 million. To check out the latest and greatest UFC 254: “Khabib vs. Gaethje” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN 2/ESPN+ at 12 p.m. His mother, Carolina (née Espinoza), is of Mexican descent from Sonora, Mexico [7] and his father, John Ray Gaethje, is of German descent. Possible related people for John Gaethje include Anna Carolina Gaethje, Barbara Jean Gaethje, John L Gaethje, Justin Ray Gaethje, Kia Challene Gaethje, and many others. Marcus has been found in 2 states including Arizona, Florida. As for his siblings, he has a twin brother named Marcus John Gaethje. I had practice at six o’clock for another sport, and I had to show up and they always made sure I was there.”. Gaethje's father Ray retired as a copper miner in September 2019, after 36 years working at the Morenci mine. He has stated his intention to do social work with at-risk youth. [21], Gaethje graduated from Safford High School with a 191-9 record. If you were about to potentially become a multi-millionaire off a hard night’s work, I’m sure many of you would say you’d take the money and retire. 2. And that’s all that matters to me. Gaethje had the UFC fly out his mother and father especially for the UFC 254 showdown on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi as it was the culmination of years of hard work they’d supported. 4. Wittman stated, "I asked him after those two losses, 'Is your purpose still to be the most exciting fighter in the world?' His mother was a postmaster while his father was a copper miner, as were both of his grandfathers. Jim Miller hurt my calf really good, but nothing like that. I did 96 hours one week. Found: John Gaethje. [53] The suspension was lifted a day later. His mother was a postmaster while his father was a copper miner, as were both of his grandfathers. [78] Gaethje rebounded from his two losses in emphatic fashion, winning the fight by knockout in the first round. He also has a twin brother, Marcus John Gaethje. [85] The win also earned Gaethje his third Performance of the Night bonus award. And she’s been working 35 years. At the UFC 253 pre-fight press conference, Video: Watch Khabib, Gaethje Face Off At UFC 254 Presser, Free Fight! Gaethje plans to retire ... his parents. Justin Ray Gaethje who Born on 1988 on 14th November is American Professional Mixed Martial Artist and currently fights in the lightweight division in the UFC. [68] Gaethje lost the competitive fight by KO in the third round, the first loss of his MMA career. “I’m glad she drug tested me every week because I wasn’t in a position to not make terrible choices. Justin celebrates his birthday on 14th November, and his zodiac sign is Scorpio. I've never not wanted to win a belt, but I wanted to make money, and the surest way to make money in this sport was to be exciting." [64] Sherdog named this fight as the best fight of 2017,[65] and round 2 of the fight as the best round of the year. But, I’m very happy that they get to experience this.”. Found: Marcus Gaethje. [70] At the World MMA Awards, it was named the fight of the year. And Cormier, who is close friends and former team-mates with Khabib, says the Russian told him he would not inflict unnecessary pain in front of Carolina and John Ray Gaethje, believing he would be too stubborn to tap … He belongs to Mexican descent and holds American nationality. [82] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. Carolina and John Ray Gaethje will be one of the tiny handful of people allowed into the “Fight Island” bubble, something Gaethje demanded of UFC and the promotion allowed. [96] Despite tapping, referee Jason Herzog did not stop the bout before Gaethje lost consciousness due to the choke. He tore my quad. The origins of Justin Ray Gaethje "Justin Ray Gaethje was born on November 14, 1988, in Safford, Arizona. That’s the reason why I never wanted to wrestle. Justin Ray Gaethje (/ ˈ ɡ eɪ dʒ i /; born November 14, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist.He currently competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was born on 14 th November, 1988 in Safford, Arizona. Non-title bout; Guillard missed weight (158.8 lb). Gaethje was born on November 14, 1988 in Safford, Arizona. [83], Gaethje next faced Donald Cerrone on September 14, 2019, in the main event at UFC on ESPN+ 16. 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