Undefeated Justin Gaethje joins UFC's lightweight division; wants scariest lightweight possible.
Gaethje was an All-American collegiate wrestler, spent four years fighting in World Series of Fighting (now known as Professional Fighter's League) where he won ten fights, and currently holds a 17-0 mixed-martial-arts record During that time he defeated UFC veterans Dan Lauzon and Melvin Guillard. When he announced he signed the contract with UFC, he did so via twitter and had a message for his new employer.
@ufc Lets C one of the "big league boys" put me to sleep. I want the scariest lightweight possible first. This 0 has to go! Contract signed— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) May 4, 2017
Gaethje also took to Instagram to make a statement on his signing. He cites his parents as the fundamental part of his career so far.
Thank you for all the support to this point, I signed my contract with the UFC yesterday. It feels good to know the sacrifices my family and I have made since starting wrestling at 4 yrs old, have led us to these great endeavors. My parents spent their hard earned money, love, and energy to ensure I got the chance to put this hard work to fruition and I'll be damned if I don't give it 100%. Now I get a chance to fight and be the best in the world at something. It won't last long and I may or may not be successful, but I do know I would not be here without having parents which showed me through their actions that hard work is not easy, who loved and believed in me everyday. #ufc #mma #hardwork #fight
The signing of Gaethje comes after his contract with WSOF expired. The fighter has fourteen knockouts on his record and is entering a division without a true number one contender. On Sunday before the signing, Gaethje tweeted Al Iaquinta he would fight "anybody anywhere." No news has been announced about Gaethje's first fight in UFC.
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